The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Photograph of Red-Tailed Hawk taken at Nichols Arboretum by Andreas Kanon
Click here to learn more about birding at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.
Take a botanical tour of the world in our Conservatory.

teacher's guide
school field trip prices & policies

Field trips are available year-round at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

Guided field trips are scheduled Tuesday through Friday, 10 am-12 pm.
Self-guided field trips are scheduled Monday-Friday by appointment.

Trail tours are conducted in most weather conditions. Please dress for the weather. In case of heavy rain, guided field trips include an indoor activity.

Cost (students and chaperones)
One hour conservatory or trails $3.00/person
2 free admissions per classroom
Two hour conservatory and trails $6.00/person
2 free admissions per classroom

A deposit of $30.00/classroom is required when booking with the balance due upon arrival. Cancellations 2 weeks prior to field trip receive a refund of 50% of deposit. No refunds for cancellations within 2 weeks of field trip.

Title One Subsidy
Schools with Title One status may be eligible for tour fee subsidies.
Fee subsidies are available on a first come basis, based on availability of funds.
Please inquire about a Title One when scheduling a tour.

  • Teacher checklist:
  • Guided and self-guided field trips scheduled through MBGNA Children's program coordinator.
  • Deposit sent.
  • Minimum 1 adult chaperone for every 8 elementary aged children.
  • Weather appropriate clothes and close-toed shoes.
  • Name tag for each child.
  • Children in groups per conversation with children's program coordinator.
  • Directions to MBGNA, trail maps & conservatory maps have been printed (view these now)
  • When you arrive:
  • Bus drivers and parents drop children off at main entrance.
  • Bus drivers pick up parking hang tags from visitor services desk and park in west lot. For guided school tours there is no bus-parking charge. For self-guided tours, there is a $15 charge for bus parking, per bus, per day.
  • Individual drivers park in west lot and pay at kiosks. ($1.40/hour)
  • Teachers stay with students, or 'float' among groups.
  • Special permission required for collecting materials of any kind.

For further information about planning a field trip to our facilities, please click here to use our interactive comment form to submit your inquiry.

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