Group Exploration Programs

Bring your student, scout or youth group to the Gardens, where they can explore our 180 acres of designed gardens and natural habitats. These guided programs enable school-aged children to make their own discoveries about our natural world.

 

 

Programs are available Monday through Friday during the months of April through November. Our standard
1.5 hour program includes a tour of selected areas of the Gardens and your choice of activity or educational topic. Have more time? Let us customize a program for you.

Areas to Explore:

Popular Educational Topics:

Activities:

  • Vegetable Garden
  • Flower Gardens
  • Rain Garden
  • Tree collections
  • Bamboo Grove
  • Woodlands
  • Meadow Labyrinth
  • Frog Pond
  • Forest (mixed woodlands and pine forest)
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Gardening for the Senses
  • Plant Diversity
  • Forest Community
  • What is a Garden?    
  • Healthy Eating
  • Plant Life Cycle
  • Garden Friends & Foes
 
  • Tree scramble/climbing
  • Veggie tasting
  • Natural material collecting
  • Story Time
  • Veggie Garden Tending
  • Forest Hike
  • Scavenger Hunt

 

 

'Take a Plant Home' Programs:

  • Plant and Play (April – June) – Tour selected parts of the Gardens with lesson on parts of plants. Pot-up a seedling to take home.
  • Plant Propagation – Tour selected parts of the Gardens with lesson on various ways plants are propagated. Pot-up a cutting to take home.

 

Program Requests

For more information or to request a program please download the Request Form and email to Debbie Henry at dhenry@aesop.rutgers.edu.

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Number of Students
1.5 hour program
4 hour program
(2 activities + lunchtime)
5.5 hour program
(3 activities + lunchtime)

‘Take a Plant Home’
Plant and Play or Plant Propagation

20 or less
$97.50
$195.00
$292.50
$116.25
21-30
$162.50
$325.00
$487.50
$193.75
31-40
$227.50
$445.00
$682.50
$271.25
41-50
$292.50
$585.00
$877.50
$348.75
51-60
$357.50
$715.00
$1072.50
$426.25
61-70
$422.50
$845.00
$1267.50
$503.75
71-80
$487.50
$975.00
$1462.50
$581.25
81-90
$552.50
$1105.00
$1657.50
$658.75

 

An invoice will be sent to you upon confirmation of your program date. Payment is due two weeks prior to your trip date. We accept checks, MasterCard, Visa and purchase orders. We have a 24 hour cancellation policy - you must call 732-932-8451 if your group will not be able to attend.

Preparing for your trip:

Directions:
Please do not use our mailing address to locate the Gardens. Directions to the Log Cabin and parking area may be found at:
http://www.rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/directions.html
Clothing:
Children and chaperones should wear appropriate clothing and shoes for an active, outdoor walk and possible changes in the weather. Closed-toed shoes are highly recommended.
First Aid Kits:
Active exploration of natural habitats increases the possibility of scrapes, bumps or allergic reactions. Please come prepared with first aid supplies.
Water:
There are no water fountains in the Gardens. Come prepared with water to be carried or left on the bus, especially in hot weather.
Restrooms:
Restrooms are located in our Log Cabin, which will be opened specifically for your group. Please allow time before and after your program for restroom use.
Picnic Facilities:
We do not have a designated picnic area.  For a nominal fee, groups may use the Log Cabin/Pavilion area for additional time before or after a program to have lunch and access to bathrooms. Groups doing longer programs have free access to this area. Groups using this area may choose to eat picnic-style on the lawn or pavilion floor, on benches in the log cabin or at tables and chairs in the pavilion that you set up and put away. All trash must be disposed of in the appropriate dumpsters.