Small Group Guided Walk

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped warbler PHOTO Bill J. Boyd

This field trip is perfect for home-schoolers and youth groups of all ages.

The gardens of the Wildflower Center showcase a variety of habitats. On this guided walk, join staff and volunteers on a tour of the gardens highlighting the various habitats found here. Students will explore the different plants and soils in each habitat and learn about the elements plants and animals need to survive. 

Update: Field trips are taking a break for the winter. No guided field trips or online sessions will be offered beginning December 13, 2021 through February 28, 2022. Registration is now open for field trips and online sessions beginning in March 2022. We look forward to seeing you again this spring! 


Available: By reservation only; reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
Offered: Year-round, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 
Group size: Five to 29 students – groups of 15 or more will be split into two groups. The first group will attend the guided walk while the second group enjoys a self-guided visit. Once the first group has completed the guided walk, the two groups will switch.
Duration: Walks will last between 45 minutes and one hour.
Cost: $5 program fee, plus an additional $5 per student, 1 free teacher admission per class, $5 per 1 adult to every 5 students and $11 per additional adults not included in the 1:5 ratio (Title 1 schools receive a $1 discount: $4 per student, $4 per 1 adult to every 5 students, $10 per additional adults, program fee is not included in discount).*

*Member benefits/free admission does not apply for group rates.

Additional Information & Policies

Drop Off & Parking

The bus passenger drop-off area is in front of the Admissions Kiosk. Buses may unload and load passengers in this zone. Buses should proceed to the bus parking area near the parking lot exit or to La Crosse Avenue for parking.

Running early or later? Please let us know by calling 512.232.0100 (press 8 to speak with someone).


Please check in at the Admissions Kiosk. All remaining fees are payable at the kiosk via credit card only. Only one payment is accepted per group. Any additional payments are charged full-price admission.

Garden Etiquette 

Please review the Garden Etiquette rules before you arrive and communicate those to your leaders and scouts.


Leaders and chaperones are required for all visits. The recommended chaperone to student ratio is:

  • One chaperone per five pre-K to elementary school students
  • One chaperone per 12 middle to high school students

Additional chaperones may join the group at the general admission fee. All scout group reservations must be paid in one payment to qualify for the group rate. Payments are final and non-refundable. Coupons and member benefits (free admission) do not apply to group visits.

Food & Picnics

There are two designated areas with one in the parking area and one in the gardens. Tables, inside and outside, for the Wildflower Café are for restaurant customers only. Picnic areas are first come, first served. All trash generated from school lunches and picnics must be packed up and removed by the group. The Wildflower Center would like to encourage all scout groups to generate as little trash as possible during their visit.

Cancellation and No-show Policy

Cancellations should be made no less than ten business days before the reserved date to avoid the $30 cancellation fee. Groups that do not show up for the reserved date will be assessed a $30 no-show fee. Fee must be paid within 30 days of cancellation or no-show date.


If you must reschedule or make changes, please contact us as soon as possible and preferably no later than 10 business days before your scheduled visit. Trips canceled due to weather can be rescheduled depending upon available dates.

Rain Policy

Field trips may be canceled due to weather by either the Wildflower Center or school staff. Generally field trips are held as scheduled as long as the weather is free of thunder, lightning, and heavy rains.  f it should be raining on the day of your scheduled visit, here are our guidelines: As long as it is only drizzling and there is no thunder and lightning, come on out. Bring rain ponchos and have a great time. Schools should check the radar and use their own discretion whether they want to go ahead and visit.

Please call 512.232.0100 (press 8 to speak with someone) and let us know if you decide to not visit due to rain.

Weapons Policy

Please review the Weapons Policy here.



Contact education coordinator Julie Graham at [email protected] or 512.232.0249.

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Family Programs

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