Thematic One-Hour Tours

These hourlong experiences must be reserved at least 2 weeks in advance of your desired visit date. All tour reservations are first-come, first-served, based on availability. Total payment for tour admissions is due the day of your visit in the form of a check, cash or credit card based on the total number of adults and children attending. All fees are to be paid in the Visitor Education Center during group leader check-in at the front desk. One-hour student tours may be scheduled Monday through Friday for the following times:

  • 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • 12:45-1:45 p.m.
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • 3:25-4:15 p.m.
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Fees for one-hour guided tours: $8/student, $10/adult chaperone (teachers are free of charge)

  • A 15-student minimum is required for booking any guided preK-12 tour experience.
  • Total guided group capacity is 60 students per one-hour slot.
  • One adult chaperone is required for every ten students (teachers may serve as chaperones).

A tour confirmation reserving your space and listing your scheduled tour type and time will be emailed to the group's contact person. The tour confirmation will outline cancellation details, chaperone guidelines, student expectations, lunch options and bus unloading/parking information.

To schedule a guided tour experience for any school-age group, please contact Linda Burton, Registrar, at lburton@powellgardens.org or 816-697-2600 x306.

I Spy in the Garden

This interactive guided garden walk is designed to engage preschool through second grade students to carefully observe elements of the gardens and introduce them to related vocabulary. Young participants' sense of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound will be engaged as they experience the ever-changing seasonal aspects of the gardens. A hands-on drawing experience will invite students to individually reflect upon their observations.

  • preK-Grade 2
  • 60 minutes total (30 minute walk/30 minute activity)
  • 60 students maximum

Pollinator Parade

Students will explore the critical role of bees, ladybugs, butterflies, moths and other pollinators in relation to our region's food sources. Students will learn and understand basic plant science: the parts and functions of a leaf, stem, root and seed; the importance of sunlight, water and soil in the growing process; and the role of native plants as attractants and food sources for pollinators. Participants will examine native plants, vegetables and fruits that can be grown in our region through guided exploration of the prairie, Children's Garden, Heartland Harvest Garden and/or greenhouses.

  • Grades 2-5, 6-8
  • 60 minutes total
  • 60 students maximum

Wilderness Woodland Walk

This guided experience leads students through the David T. Beals III Woodland and Stream Garden to explore native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants in all seasons. Students will learn which plants grow well in the Midwestern region and specifically Missouri. Participants will notice and investigate bark patterns, leaf shapes, seeds or other identifying characteristics of trees, plants and shrubs while also spotting insects, birds and traces of mammal activity (tracks and scat) and studying the natural diversity of this site. This experience begins in the classroom, with guides then leading an exploration of the Byron Shutz Nature Trail or Beals Woodland and Stream Garden. Field notebooks and other observational, naturalist tools are included in this experience.

  • Grades 2-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • 60 minutes
  • 60 students maximum

Design for Life: Get Your Garden On

This guided tour experience invites students to explore elements of landscape design and see how gardeners and horticulturists "plan to plant" based on season, color, garden location, region, texture, scale, shape, budget and purpose of an intended garden. Students will compare and contrast several planted areas at Powell Gardens, learn about select plants and design an imagined garden space using graph paper, rulers, colored pencils, photos and other resources.

  • Grades 6-8, 9-12
  • 60 minutes
  • 60 students maximum

Self-Guided K-12 Group Tours

$5/student, $10/adult chaperone (teachers are free of charge)

There is no capacity limit. For your best experience, please reserve a time in advance. This ensures your group's access to our self-guided activities and classroom connections. one chaperone for every ten students is required.

To reserve a time for your self-guided garden experience, please contact Linda Burton, Registrar, at lburton@powellgardens.org or 816-697-2600 x306.

Three-Hour Curricular Program: Good To Grow

This special program, generously funded by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation and others, is designed for grades 3-5 and features an introdcution to plant science (including photosynthesis and plant pollination), the journey from seed-to-plate and the importance of healthy eating and includes and guided tour of several garden spaces. All Good to Grow reservations must be booked at least two weeks in advance of your desired visit date. All reservations are first-come, first-served based on availability. Total payment for program admission is due the day of your visit in the form of check, cash or credit card based on the total number of adults and children attending. All fees are to be paid in the Visitor Eduction Center during tour group check-in. Good to Grow programs may be scheduled for the following times Monday through Friday:

  • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Good to Grow Program Fees: $12/student, $10/adult chaperone (teachers are free of charge)

  • A 25-student minimum is required for booking Good to Grow
  • Total capacity per scheduled block is 60 students
  • One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students (teachers may serve as chaperones)
  • Grades 3-5

A tour confirmation reserving your space and listing your scheduled time will be emailed to the group contact person. The tour confirmation will outline cancellation details, chaperone guidelines, student expectations, lunch options and bus unloading/parking information.

The Good to Grow experience may be scheduled Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.Scholarship funds to offset participation fees may be available. To schedule Good to Grow and inquire about scholarships, please contact Linda Burton, Registrar, at lburton@powellgardens.org or 816-697-2600 x306.