Educational Nature Programming

The Callaway Education Department is ready to help you plan education programs such as field trips for scout groups, school associations, and daycare facilities. Our Education Team includes horticulturalists, naturalists, and other experts who are well-qualified to deliver an enriching program for your group.

To plan your Educational Visit, please email us at education@callawaygardens.com, call us directly at 706-663-5185, or fill out the digital form below.

Plan Your Educational Visit

Partners in Education

As a Partner in Education with the Harris County School District, Callaway Gardens generously offers Harris County Schools one free Self-guided field trip per class each school year. Items of note:

  • To use this great benefit, free trips must be booked using our online application.
  • Students and teachers are admitted free of charge (limit 1 adult per 8 students).
  • Additional adult chaperones receive the discounted admission price of $10 plus tax per person.

School Group Programming

School & Group programs must be arranged in advance and are dependent on staff availability. 

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On-site Field Studies

Come explore Callaway Gardens with your class for fun, educational experiences your students won’t ever forget! Can’t make the trip to visit us? No problem, book an Outreach Program and we will bring the learning into your classroom. Either way, a Callaway Gardens Expert will lead your class in exploration. School programs include hands-on activities and a Teacher’s Guide with additional curriculum.

We offer a diverse selection of programs! Some programs are self-led and other programs are facilitated by one of our Education Experts (i.e. Guided Programs). Your group is able to create a schedule with a combination of both self-led and Guided Programs.

Pricing information

  • $9/student regardless of age
  • One adult (teacher, chaperone, or parent) gets in free for every 8 students
  • Additional adults are $10.00 each.
  • Guided programs carry an additional fee.
  • Groups scheduled through the Education Department will receive priority at the various facilities
  • Tax-exempt form must be submitted with your payment the day of the event.
  • Check and credit card are the only accepted forms of payment.

Group guidelines

Class size

  • Groups that number more than program’s ‘Maximum Group Size’ must be split up.

Age

  • Students in grades 9th– 12th may be grouped together for a Guided Program.
  • Students younger than 9thgrade must be within 2 consecutive grade levels in order to attend a Guided Program unless it is a homeschool or scout group.

Booking information

Application

Deposit (This is new this year)

  • A deposit is due 2 weeks from the booking date. The deposit is 25% of the total program cost for your group.

Cancellation Policy (This is new this year)

  • Since indoor program space is available, programs take place rain or shine.
  • A field trip can be rescheduled (depending on availability) or cancelled up to 4 weeks before the scheduled date without penalty.
  • If a field trip is rescheduled or cancelled less than 4 weeks from the scheduled date, the deposit will not be refunded.
  • An unpaid balance from a school will result in the school’s inability to book future field trips until the balance is paid in full.

Payment Information

  • Accepted forms of payment: Check and Credit Card
  • The remaining balance (i.e. amount left after the deposit is applied) is to be paid on the day of the program at the Gate Booth.
  • The following items MUST be included with payment for admission into the Gardens:
    • Invoice
    • Tax-exempt letter (if a school group)
    • Form of payment

 

Partners in Education: As a Partner in Education with the Harris County School District, Callaway Gardens generously offers Harris County Schools one free Self-guided field trip per class each school year. Items of note: To use this great benefit, free trips must be booked using our online application. Students and teachers are admitted free of charge (limit 1 adult per 8 students). Additional adult chaperones receive the discounted admission price of $10 plus tax per person.

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