The Tucson Botanical Gardens’ diverse plant life provides an ideal platform for strengthening connections between school curricula and the natural world.

Field Trips

Self-guided visits to the Gardens are scheduled year round. Independently explore our 17 themed gardens during your trip, including add-ons such as Garden Explorer Plant Packs and our very own Butterfly Magic. Please read field trip guidelines carefully. For more information and make your reservation, click here.

Teacher Resources

Teachers, group leaders, and families can complement their visit with the following resources.  Click the title of each activity to view a PDF.

Butterfly Magic Emergence Kit + Lessons: Bring the field trip experience to your classroom with a kit that helps students understand the life cycle of a butterfly.  If you would like also like a resource kit with live caterpillars, please email  Availability varies by season and requests will be filled in the order they are received.

Making a Seed Magnet: Mexicans have long recognized the beauty inherent in natural and botanical objects such as seeds (Seed Craft Description). Decorate a magnet to showcase beautiful seeds in your home.

Sunflower Activity: Sunflowers have been a favorite plant in Mexico for centuries. These instructions will help you grow them at home.

Chili Pepper Activity: create one of Tucson’s favorite foods, chili peppers, with this simple activity. Also, there are some excellent chili pepper recipes if this craft makes you hungry!


Please contact Ashley Pedersen at with any outreach program requests. We have limited capacity to fulfill requests for outreach programs, but will make our best effort to accommodate you when we are available.