Student Field Trips

Grow Your Curiosity With Us!

With 158 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens and over 200 sculptures, there are many ways to engage your students on a field trip. Check out our guided tours and program offerings, or explore at your own pace with a self-led experience.

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Cost & Scholarships

Cost & Scholarships

Child Admission and Experience Costs

Number Of ChildrenAdmission CostExperience Cost
Fewer than 10 Children$50 Group Minimum Admission+$1 per child for guided tours
+$20 ($2 per child for 10-child minimum) for guided programs
10 children or more$5 per child Admission+$1 per child for guided tours
+$2 per child for guided programs

+$3 per child for Kids' Tram programs (10 child minimum)

Adult Admission Costs

Group Leaders

Schools: 1 teacher per classroom is free; additional teachers are $5

Other Children's Groups: 1 group leader is free

Chaperones*

If arriving by bus: 1 chaperone for every 6 children is $5

If arriving by cars: 1 chaperone for every 4 children is $5

If children are Preschool-Kindergarten: 1 chaperone for every 4 children is $5

Additional Adults

Additional adults are $12.50

*Chaperone admission is charged according to a pricing ratio of chaperones to children.

PLEASE NOTE: Teachers may be granted only one Meijer Gardens scholarship award per fiscal year, October 1–September 30. Scholarship funds and transportation assistance are available to groups with a confirmed field trip. Scholarships are awarded to Title I schools in which 40% or more of students meet the federal guidelines and qualifications for additional supportive services. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Two scholarships are available for eligible applicants. The transportation scholarship helps defray bus costs, while the admissions scholarship reduces the entrance fee.

Download the scholarship application and email completed applications to: fieldtrips@meijergardens.org

Please see our field trip policies for further details.

Early Elementary PreK–2nd grade

Self-Led Visits

  • Explore at your own pace. Use our self-led activity sheets to enhance your experience.
  • Registration two weeks in advance is required.
  • Minimum of 10 students required to receive a group reduced admission rate.
  • $5 per student for admission.

Guided Tours - Elementary

45-60 minute inquiry-based experience

Additional $1 per student

A minimum of ten students and registration two weeks in advance is required.

Tours are offered year-round and let by trained volunteer docents.

Guided Programs - Early Elementary

60-minute, curriculum-based, interactive experience

Additional $2 per student

A minimum of ten students and registration two weeks in advance is required.

Guided programs are curriculum-based, hands-on educational activities led by experienced teachers.

Kids’ Tram Programs - Early Elementary

45 minute interactive tram tours.

Additional $3 per student.

A minimum of ten students and registration two weeks in advance is required.

Kids’ Tram programs are curriculum-based, interactive tram tours led by experienced teachers.

Upper Elementary (3rd–5th grade)

Self-Led Visits

  • Explore at your own pace. Use our self-led activity sheets to enhance your experience.
  • Registration two weeks in advance is required.
  • Minimum of 10 students required to receive a group reduced admission rate.
  • $5 per student for admission.

Guided Tours - Elementary

45-60 minute inquiry-based experience

Additional $1 per student

A minimum of ten students and registration two weeks in advance is required.

Tours are offered year-round and let by trained volunteer docents.

Guided Programs - Upper Elementary-Middle-High

60-minute, curriculum-based, interactive experience

Additional $2 per student

A minimum of ten students and registration two weeks in advance is required.

Guided programs are curriculum-based, hands-on educational activities led by experienced teachers.

Middle School (6th–8th grade)

Self-Led Visits

  • Explore at your own pace. Use our self-led activity sheets to enhance your experience.
  • Registration two weeks in advance is required.
  • Minimum of 10 students required to receive a group reduced admission rate.
  • $5 per student for admission.

Guided Tours - Middle-High

45-60 minute inquiry-based experience

Additional $1 per student

A minimum of ten students and registration two weeks in advance is required.

Tours are offered year-round and led by trained volunteer docents.

Guided Programs - Upper Elementary-Middle-High

60-minute, curriculum-based, interactive experience

Additional $2 per student

A minimum of ten students and registration two weeks in advance is required.

Guided programs are curriculum-based, hands-on educational activities led by experienced teachers.

High School (9th–12th grade)

Self-Led Visits

  • Explore at your own pace. Use our self-led activity sheets to enhance your experience.
  • Registration two weeks in advance is required.
  • Minimum of 10 students required to receive a group reduced admission rate.
  • $5 per student for admission.

Guided Tours - Middle-High

45-60 minute inquiry-based experience

Additional $1 per student

A minimum of ten students and registration two weeks in advance is required.

Tours are offered year-round and led by trained volunteer docents.

Guided Programs - Upper Elementary-Middle-High

60-minute, curriculum-based, interactive experience

Additional $2 per student

A minimum of ten students and registration two weeks in advance is required.

Guided programs are curriculum-based, hands-on educational activities led by experienced teachers.

Self-Led Visit Activity Sheets

Self-Led Activity Sheets

Download and print any of the guides below for your group visit to enhance your field trip experience.

*Many of the following materials are available to request at the time you make your reservation. See descriptions below.

Planning Your Trip

Planning Your Trip

Preparing for your field trip:


Please see our field trip packet for detailed information to help you prepare for your field trip. View our policies and procedures here.

Eating options:

There are several eating options for field trips including boxed lunches from our James & Shirley Balk Café, a rented classroom, The Lievense Indoor Eating Area, and The Meijer-Shedleski Picnic Pavilion. For more information, see our eating policies.

Eating Outdoors
  • The new Meijer-Shedleski Picnic Pavilion is available for outdoor eating on a first-come first-served basis. This pavilion is conveniently located near parking and restrooms.
  • Sack lunches are not permitted in any other outdoor area.
  • For your convenience, your lunches may be unloaded and left in the Bus Buddy Nook in the Peter C. & Emmajean Cook Entryway or at the Meijer-Shedleski Picnic Pavillion. Please package your lunches in large containers labeled with the name of the school as well as the teacher. A greeter will be available to help unload your lunches.
Eating Indoors
  • If space is available, a classroom may be reserved for your use. Please email fieldtrips@meijergardens.org for rental fee pricing. A deposit is necessary. Groups are requested to leave the room in a tidy condition. Because Meijer Gardens is a popular corporate meeting site, it is recommended that you reserve your room in advance.
  • The Lievense Indoor Eating Area is located in the lower level of our Welcome Center. This eating area is first-come, first-served and is not reservable. It has a seating capacity of 110.
James & Shirley Balk Café
  • The café does not take reservations.
  • Outside food and beverages may not be brought into the café.
  • Daily specials are served until 3:00 pm; cold foods are served until closing.
  • Boxed lunches are available. Please email fieldtrips@meijergardens.org for pricing and availability.
  • If ordering lunches from the café, fax the request 10 days prior to the field trip. The outdoor patio is for café customers only.

Arrival:

Please provide each child and adult in your group with a nametag or group t-shirt

  • Follow posted signs for bus drop off. Please remain on the bus until met by your greeter. Lunch carts are available at the bus drop off location.
  • Groups arriving by car should meet their greeter at the Frey Foundation Plaza outside of the main Welcome Center entrance. Please gather by the sign posted with your group name.

Contact us:

We're happy to help you plan your field trip or answer any questions that you might have! Please contact our School Programs Assistant Kara Winkelman.

Cost & Scholarships

Child Admission and Experience Costs

Number Of ChildrenAdmission CostExperience Cost
Fewer than 10 Children$50 Group Minimum Admission+$1 per child for guided tours
+$20 ($2 per child for 10-child minimum) for guided programs
10 children or more$5 per child Admission+$1 per child for guided tours
+$2 per child for guided programs

+$3 per child for Kids' Tram programs (10 child minimum)

Adult Admission Costs

Group Leaders

Schools: 1 teacher per classroom is free; additional teachers are $5

Other Children's Groups: 1 group leader is free

Chaperones*

If arriving by bus: 1 chaperone for every 6 children is $5

If arriving by cars: 1 chaperone for every 4 children is $5

If children are Preschool-Kindergarten: 1 chaperone for every 4 children is $5

Additional Adults

Additional adults are $12.50

*Chaperone admission is charged according to a pricing ratio of chaperones to children.

PLEASE NOTE: Teachers may be granted only one Meijer Gardens scholarship award per fiscal year, October 1–September 30. Scholarship funds and transportation assistance are available to groups with a confirmed field trip. Scholarships are awarded to Title I schools in which 40% or more of students meet the federal guidelines and qualifications for additional supportive services. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Two scholarships are available for eligible applicants. The transportation scholarship helps defray bus costs, while the admissions scholarship reduces the entrance fee.

Download the scholarship application and email completed applications to: fieldtrips@meijergardens.org

Please see our field trip policies for further details.