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School and Youth Tour Groups

Escape to a beautiful 100-acre educational resource, and enjoy the wonder of the garden as the students enrich their knowledge of nature while meeting academic standards. Experience the soaring palms and moss covered oak trees in the new 17,500 square foot Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory, acres of native grasses and trees in the Arboretum and Oberman Bird Sanctuary, colorful symmetrical plantings in the Hitchcock-Kountze Victorian Garden and so much more through the garden's tour options. 


Special Highlights (dates subject to change) 

         Model Railroad Garden 

o    Open May through October 

         Fall Chrysanthemum Show 

o    October 1 through November 18, 2016 

         Holiday Poinsettia Show 

o    November 25, 2016 through January 4, 2017 

         Arbor Day Festival 

o    April 27, 2017 (discovery tours only) 

         Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks  

o    January 14 through May 15, 2017 



For important details regarding the following tour options, please click on "Pricing and further information" before requesting a tour. 


Discovery Tour  

Incredible outdoor gardens provide an excellent opportunity for meeting educational standards in a beautiful natural environment. Download and print pre-designed tour packets with fun activities designed to meet grade specific learning standards as you lead your students through the garden. The packets also include a suggested tour route, map and information for the group's leader about each garden. Downloadable tour resources are available near the bottom of this page. 


Conservatory Guided Tour with Activity
With the aid of an engaging activity, the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory and nearby gardens provide an incredible setting to enrich a learning experience 


Conservatory-Garden Guided Tour
Explore the wonders of the plant world in the incredible Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory and enjoy the surrounding outdoor display gardens of seasonal interest.  


Garden Guided Tour
These educational tours highlight amazing outdoor garden areas of seasonal interest. 


Green Studies Tours 

If the focus of your collegiate or high school course is botany, horticulture, landscape studies, entomology or another related plant science (broad subjects such as biology will not apply), then the green studies guided and self-guided tour options are a great resource. 





Goldenrod Festival - A Celebration of Native Plants and Animals | October 7, 2016 

Enjoy engaging stations run by multiple organizations with environmental messages that will teach students about native plants and animals in the unique setting that is Lauritzen Gardens. The following organizations are just a few of those that are expected to attend: Keep Omaha Beautiful, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and USDA-APHIS-PPQ. The festival runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is geared towards Kindergarten through 5th grade.  


Arbor Day Festival for the Schools | April 27, 2017  

Celebrate the importance of trees, as well as other environmental conservation messages, as groups participate in self-guided tours to interactive stations staffed by conservation minded organizations. Organizations that have participated in the past include: Benson Plant Rescue, City Sprouts, Keep Omaha Beautiful,   

Nebraska Extension, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and USDA-APHIS-PPQ. The festival runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is geared towards K-5th grade.  



2016-2017 Tour Information and Tour Request Links 


         Pricing and further information 

         Guided or self-guided tour request  

         Green studies tour request  


Bus reimbursement, subsidized admission prices and incredible educational opportunities are made possible by generous donors that have pledged their support and are available while resources last through July 2017.  


For further assistance, please email 

or call (402) 346-4002, ext. 253. 

Teacher Resources  


Information for Teachers 


Discovery Tour Resources - Complete tour lesson plans with activities 

The resources for each grade include suggest gardens to visit with fun and educational activities for the students. The Nebraska and Iowa standards that can be met are also listed in the resources. More grades will be added soon! 



         Teacher Packet 

         Student Activity Packet 


         1st grade  

         Teacher Packet 

         Student Activity Packet 


         2nd grade  

         Teacher Packet 

         Student Activity Packet 


         3rd grade   

         Teacher Packet  

         Student Activity Packet 


         7th grade   

         Teacher Packet  

         Student Activity Packet 



Student Guides 


Student Activity Sheets 



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