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"Thanks you so very much for the wonderful field trip!! My class enjoyed the fun filled day. Your volunteer staff was exceptional! The children didn't even realize they were learning because they were having so much fun. I appreciate all your time and efforts on making this a great opportunity to learn and have fun. We all (parents too) had a wonderful experience at one of our treasures of the city.Thanks so much." - With much gratitude, Mary Beth Quinlivan - Immaculate Conception School

Hands-On Field Excursions

All hands-on classes are closely aligned to the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards and Elementary Science Core Curriculum.  Reservations are necessary and must be booked three weeks in advance.

General Program

Our general program can be adapted for students of all grade levels and abilities. Students experience a planting activity and a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens. This program lasts one hour. This versatile and fun program is perfect for elementary schools, high schools, after school programs, daycares, youth groups, and even college students!



Tropical Terrariums
: Each student will learn about what plants need to grow and discover the workings of the water cycle while creating the perfect habitat for a tropical plant. This miniature ecosystem is fun to create, easy to care for and easy to transport back to school.


Succulent Dish Garden:
Don’t worry - no prickly cacti are involved in this activity, instead we study succulents! Succulents are desert plants that store water in their leaves. Each student will create an open garden space in a tray with these thorn-less plants, while learning about plant adaptations and desert biomes.


In our grade-level aligned programs, students experience two to three hands-on learning stations and a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens. These programs last approximately an hour and a half.

Plants We Eat - Grades K-2

Group size required: 15-60 students divided into 4 equal sub-groups
Cost: $7 per participating student 
Adult ratio required:1 adult to 10 students; these adults receive complimentary admission.
Additional adults are required to pay admission prices.

Our Plants We Eat program helps students build an understanding of the nutritional value of plants and discover where our food comes from. Students will experience three hands-on learning stations, each focusing on a different group of plants we eat, along with a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens. This field trip lasts approximately an hour and a half.

Vegetable Station: Learn to identify different plant parts while having fun peeling carrots and cutting potatoes.

Grain Station: Examine seeds and learn how to identify different grains while grinding barley seeds into flour.

Fruit Station: Have fun identifying wacky fruits and learning what makes fruit so important in a plant’s life cycle – seeds! Then, squish oranges into some delicious juice to enjoy.

Mini-Tour: Explore our tropical  greenhouses to find edible plants. See banana plants, a lemon tree, a chocolate tree and more!

Plants We Grow - Grades 3-5

Group size required: 15-60 students divided into 4 equal sub-groups
Cost: $7 per participating student
Adult ratio required:1 adult to 10 students; these adults receive complimentary admission.
Additional adults are required to pay admission prices.

Our Plants We Grow program focuses on how plants function and reproduce. Students will experience three hands-on learning stations, each focusing on how different aspects of plant growth and reproduction, along with a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens. This field trip lasts approximately an hour and a half.

Plant Reproduction Station: Explore the many ways plants make more of themselves while studying seeds, spores, and more. Then, propagate a plant through stem cuttings to take back to the classroom!

Flower Parts Station: Have fun learning all about what makes flowers so special! Dissect an alstroemeria lily and learn to identify the parts of a flower.

Plant Parts Station: Discover each part of the plant to learn how plants grow and function. Then, have fun working together to complete a plant part identity challenge game.

Mini-Tour: Explore our greenhouses to discover how plants grow and survive. Discover different types of cacti, staghorn ferns, and our carnivorous plant collection! 


Not A Drop to Drink - Grades 5-8

Group size required: 15-45 students divided into three equal sub-groups
Cost: $7 per participating student 
Adult ratio required: 1 adult to 10 students
Additional adults are required to pay admission prices.

Our Not a Drop to Drink program encourages students to explore topics of pollution and responsible water usage. Students will discover the important relationship between water, plants, and our planet while learning about the water cycle and the scientific method. The field-trip includes two hands-on learning stations as well as a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens. The entire program lasts approximately an hour and a half.

Terrarium Experiment Station: Learn about the effects of pollution first-hand by setting up an experiment to take back to the classroom! Create individual terrariums to discover how different pollutants affect water quality and plant health.

Fred the Fish Station: Simulate river pollution while brainstorming how to solve water quality issues.  What will happen to the plants and animals in the river?

Mini-Tour: Discover the relationship between water and plant life while exploring our greenhouses. Examine our aquatic garden ecosystem and learn about the different ways plants adapt to store water.

Botanical Gardens in Your Classroom

Not able to get a bus for a field trip? Do you have smaller classrooms? Would you prefer to avoid field trip hassles? We are happy to come to your classroom to lead an activity with all materials and instruction provided!

  • Programs can be adapted to all grade levels, Pre-K through 12
  • Programs last 30-45 minutes, or one classroom period
  • Student participation is limited to 35 students per classroom. Adults are     required to stay in the classroom during the presentation
  • Additional sessions or classrooms can be added at additional cost

Hands-On Options Include...

Tropical Terrariums: Learn about what plants need to grow and the water cycle while creating the perfect habitat for a tropical plant. This miniature ecosystem is fun to create and easy to care for.

Succulent Garden: Don’t worry - no cacti are involved in this activity, instead we study succulents! Succulents are desert plants that store water in their leaves. We’ll create an open garden space in a tray with these thorn-less plants, while learning about plant adaptations.

  • $350.00 per classroom (limit 35 students) per 30-45 minute session
  • For each additional classroom on the same day, add $50
  • Travel fees may apply

Please contact our Education Department to make your reservations today!

716.827.1584 ext. 730 - education@buffalogardens.com