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Field Trip Policies and Procedures


Registration Requirements: A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required for all registrations.
NOTE: We do not process registrations on weekends.

  • A minimum of one chaperone for every ten students is required.
  • Teachers and school staff should be included as chaperones.
  • Chaperones attending guided programs will be capped at 20 per time slot.
  • Students within each guided tour time slot will be further divided into groups of ~10 students and a max of 5 chaperones.
  • For optimal learning experiences, Guided Programs, Guided Tours, and Kids Tram are reserved for students from a school group and their adult chaperones. Siblings are welcome to join self-led experiences during school field trips to Meijer Gardens. 
Non-School Groups:
  • Includes homeschool groups, summer camp groups, and other children’s groups.
  • One organizer is considered the lead teacher. All other adults are considered chaperones (within 1:5 ratio) or additional adults.
Scout Groups:
  • No minimum number of group participants.
  • Up to two Scout leaders per group: One is free, the other is considered a chaperone at the reduced $5.50 group admission rate.
  • All other adults will be charged the $14 additional adult rate.

Adults with a Meijer Gardens membership may show their membership card and ID for admission when accompanying students on a field trip as a chaperone. However, students on field trips may not use family memberships for admission fees. Admission for students on field trips is included in the group total.


A $50 deposit is required for all guided tours, guided programs, tram programs, and room rental groups. Deposits are required two weeks after the date of confirmation.


Though we will make every effort to accommodate late arrivals, groups arriving more than 15 minutes after their scheduled activity time cannot be guaranteed participation in their scheduled activity. Please call 616-977-7683 or 616-974-5329 if a delay is expected.

  • Groups cancelling a field trip 3 or more business days prior to the scheduled date may apply their deposit to a rescheduled field trip date within the same school year. Rescheduled dates must be a minimum of two weeks from the date cancellation was received.
  • Groups cancelling with less than 3 business days’ notice will forfeit their deposit.
  • Deposits are non-refundable unless due to COVID-19 closures or restrictions or severe weather conditions as defined by school closures.

Field trips take place rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, participation in a Guided Tour or Guided Program is not guaranteed due to staff or volunteer attendance. All field trips will be cancelled in the event of Meijer Garden’s closure.

Eating Areas:

Eating is only allowed in designated areas. Learn about the options for approved eating and picnicking areas here.

Peter M. Wege Library:

Groups entering the library are asked to provide one chaperone for every six children, and to limit the number of children to no more than twelve at a time.

DeVos-Keeler Gift Shop:

Groups entering the gift shop are asked to provide on chaperone for every six children, and to limit the number of children shopping to no more than twelve at a time.


Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Monday 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 9 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm


Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE


area closures

Please note: The Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory will be closed for maintenance on Monday, June 10 through Wednesday, June 12.  Thank you for your understanding.

Spring Break Hours

Extended Hours

Enjoy extended spring break hours until 9 pm on April 1-5.

Extended Member Early Hours

Each Sunday from 9-11 am during Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming and Saturday, April 6, from 8-9 am. 


Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE