Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips

We are currently developing virtual educational programming for school groups! If you would like to schedule a live virtual field trip for your group, please email

Current Offerings:

My Inner Artist: Andy Goldsworthy

Allow the ephemeral art of Andy Goldsworthy to inspire students to create their own art with natural materials. Students will investigate the principles of line and color in Goldsworthy’s works and discover how the artist collaborates with nature to create works of art that seem to defy physics.

Recommended Age Range: 3rd-12th grade (Can be adapted to younger age levels depending on comfort level with technology)

Program Length: 45 minutes

Curriculum Connections:

Michigan Merit Curriculum: Standards for Visual Arts:

  • Standard 1: Apply skills and knowledge to perform in the arts
  • Standard 2: Apply skills and knowledge to create in the arts
  • Standard 3: Analyze, describe and evaluate works of art

National Core Arts Standards:

  • Anchor Standard #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.

Biomes & Adaptations

Explore the incredible adaptations of plants in our Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. Learn how plants in tropical biomes survive in an environment with lots of rain and competition for sunlight, then use Google Earth to compare tropical forests from around the globe.

Recommended Age Range: 2nd-5th grade

Program Length: 45 minutes 

Curriculum Connections: 

Michigan Next Generation Science Standard:

  • 3-LS4-3 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Common Core ELA Literacy Standard:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.3

Costs and Scholarships

Virtual Field Trips are $75 per program. 

Each virtual field trip can accommodate up to two classrooms (or 50 students).

Scholarships to cover the full cost of the program may be available for 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. Teachers may be granted only one Meijer Gardens scholarship award per fiscal year (October 1- September 30).

To inquire about applying for a scholarship, please email