Olbrich Home Bolz Conservatory 30th Anniversary Campaign

School Group Programs

Explorer School Program

Self-Guided Youth Group Visits

How Construction May Impact Your Visit

Contact Information & Reservations

Visiting school or daycare groups will benefit from a rich learning experience that can supplement classroom curricula and state learning standards. Depending on your group’s age range and time of visit, we offer two scheduling options. K-5 school groups can elect to participate in a paid guided program through one of our Explorer School Programs. Groups that do not fall within this age range or cannot attend during our available program times can schedule a self-guided visit of the outdoor gardens and/or Bolz Conservatory. See the options below to determine what fits your group’s needs.

Explorer School Program - Guided Visit

Join us for hands-on, inquiry-based field trips! Olbrich Botanical Gardens invites you and your students to experience the extraordinary world of plants by participating in our Explorer School Programs. Join us as we introduce your students to plants through hands-on, inquiry-based activities that support the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards and the Madison Metropolitan School District Science Curricula Scope and Sequence. We offer three excellent programs (Ecology Explorer, Forest Explorer, and Botany Explorer) designed to meet the academic needs of you and your students. Each program is 90 minutes and includes indoor learning stations and a guided nature walk in the indoor tropical Bolz Conservatory or the outdoor gardens.

Registration is now open for the 2021-2022 academic year!

Dates and times are limited so secure your spot early. Full payment is required upon registration. You may pay now with a credit card, or you may select "mail" at checkout and mail a check to Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Please contact our Education team at olbricheducation@cityofmadison.com or 608-245-3648 if you have questions or concerns. Additional program information will be sent after your confirmed registration. Program times on the designated dates are 9:30-11 a.m. and 12-1:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR EXPLORER SCHOOL PROGRAMS >

 

Group Size, Fees, and Chaperones

  • Maximum Group Size: 55 students
  • Fees:
    • $100 per 15-25 total people (students + chaperones)
     
    • $150 per 26-35 total people (students + chaperones)
     
    • $200 per 36-45 total people (students + chaperones)
     
    • $250 per 46-55 total people (students + chaperones)
     
    • $300 per 56-65 total people (maximum 55 students)
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  • Adult Chaperones: To determine how many adults are required to attend with your group, please refer to the chart below.
    • Chaperones play an important role in creating a positive and safe learning experience for the entire group. Please distribute a copy of How to be a Chaperone (PDF) to each chaperone before your field trip.

Number of

Students

Number of Required Adults*
10-20
4
21-40
6
41+
8

*Adults include teachers, school staff, and chaperones.

Need help getting here?

Nature Net offers bus funding reimbursement through the Nature Express program. You qualify for bus funding by participating in two different Explorer School Programs or by visiting two different Nature Net sites with your students. Find more info here!

School and Daycare Group Etiquette

Please share and review these Etiquette Guidelines with your group and chaperones before visiting Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

Onsite Lunches

Groups booked on Mondays can have their bagged lunches in the building if desired. Everyone is welcome to use the outdoor tables in front of the building or the other designated picnic areas at any time.

Need to have an indoor, onsite lunch on another date? Please email sbellis@cityofmadison.com to see if we can accommodate your request.

 

Ecology Explorer 2021

Grades K-5

The Ecology Explorer School Program investigates the relationship between plants and animals. Students will discover what a habitat is, as well as what it provides plants and animals, through hands-on activities. Students will explore different habitats through a guided tour of our outdoor gardens and scavenger hunt in our indoor tropical conservatory.

Program Summary & Standards Correlation (PDF)

“The children loved the indoor program with the 3 stations! I wanted to let you know that on the 3rd grade state WKCE test they took the week after being at Olbrich that they had test questions on the water cycle! I think they all aced it.” - K-4th grade teacher

Ecology Explorer

 

Forest Explorer 2022

Grades K-5

The Forest Explorer School Program focuses on the unique features of forests. Students will explore characteristics of the tropical rainforest through comparing it to Wisconsin's deciduous forests. This program includes a guided nature walk of the outdoor gardens and a self-guided scavenger hunt to explore the tropical indoor conservatory.

Program Summary & Standards Correlation (PDF)

“My students were completely engaged. I was so impressed with the subject matter and the hands on materials.” - 1st grade teacher

Tropical Explorer

 

Botany Explorer 2022

Grades K-5

The Botany Explorer School Program concentrates on plants and how they function. Students will discover the parts of a plant; explore various plant adaptations at hands-on learning stations, and pollinator interactions. Participants will explore the outdoor gardens on a guided nature walk and the unique plants in the indoor tropical conservatory on a self-guided scavenger hunt.

Program Summary & Standards Correlation (PDF)

“It is one of the best field trips I have taken my students on. Very well organized and fits our curriculum perfectly. Thank you.” - 2nd grade teacher

Botany Explorer

 

 

Self-Guided Youth Group Visits

Planning Your Visit

Self-guided visits are available daily during public hours and at regular admission rates for school, daycare, or youth groups (grades PreK-12). Standard fees, times, and passes may be suspended for special events. Groups with less than 10 students are not required to schedule a visit. Groups larger than 10 people are asked to schedule at least two weeks in advance. Visits scheduled less than two weeks advance are dependent upon availability.

Art or photography groups of any size planning to draw, paint, or photograph as a group either in the outdoor gardens and/or indoor Bolz Conservatory must schedule with the Education Registrar two weeks in advance. Learn more about our photography policies to determine if your group will need a photo permit.

 

Group Size, Fees, and Chaperones

  • Maximum Group Size: 80 students
  • Outdoor Gardens Fee: Free
  • Bolz Conservatory Fee : $6 per student, $6 per additional adult (see chart below)
  • Adult Chaperones: To determine how many adults are required to attend with your group, please refer to the chart below. Required adults are admitted for free, and additional adults will be charged standard admission fees. As a note, adults include teachers, school staff, and chaperones.
    • Chaperones play an important role in creating a positive and safe learning experience for the entire group. Please distribute a copy of How to be a Chaperone (PDF) to each chaperone before your field trip.

Number of

Students

Number of Required Adults

Fee

Information

10-20
4

4 required adults are free.

Additional adults will be charged standard admission fees.

21-30
5

5 required adults are free.

Additional adults will be charged standard admission fees.

31-40
6

6 required adults are free.

Additional adults will be charged standard admission fees.

41-50
7

7 required adults are free.

Additional adults will be charged standard admission fees.

51-60
8

8 required adults are free.

Additional adults will be charged standard admission fees.

61-70
9

9 required adults are free.

Additional adults will be charged standard admission fees.

71-80
10

10 required adults are free.

Additional adults will be charged standard admission fees.

 

Bus Parking

Due to limited parking from ongoing construction, buses will not be allowed to park in Olbrich Gardens' parking lot. Please reference this map of alternative parking locations. Exchange phone numbers with your bus driver(s) so you can contact them when you are ready to depart.

Group Etiquette

Please share and review these Etiquette Guidelines with your students and chaperones before visiting Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

Reservations

Requests for more information or reservations can be made by contacting our Education team at olbricheducation@cityofmadison.com or 608-245-3648. When scheduling, please provide the following information:

  • Group name
  • Contact information (include phone number and email address)
  • Expected number of students
  • Expected number of adult chaperones
  • Date(s) and time(s) of visit
  • If you are visiting the outdoor gardens and/or indoor Bolz Conservatory

Visit Changes/Cancellation

Please inform the Education Registrar if...

  • Your group determines they will no longer be visiting Olbrich Botanical Gardens.
  • The time and/or day of your visit changes.
  • The number of people in your group drastically changes.
  • Your group decides to add the indoor Bolz Conservatory to your visit.
  • You are running late (call 608-245-3648).

 

Contact Information & Reservations


Contact our Education team to schedule an Explorer School Program or self-guided visit:

olbricheducation@cityofmadison.com or 608-245-3648.

 


Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
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