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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 

         Goldenrod Festival (discovery tours only) 

o    September 21, 2017 

         Fall Chrysanthemum Show 

o    October 7 through November 17, 2017 

         Holiday Poinsettia Show 

o    November 24, 2017 through January 3, 2018 

         Reclaimed Creations: works by Sayaka Ganz and Aurora Robson 

o    January 20 through May 13, 2018 

         Arbor Day Festival 

o    April 26, 2018 (discovery tours only) 

  

 

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. 

  

SPECIAL ONE DAY FESTIVALS  

 

 

Goldenrod Festival - A Celebration of Native Plants and Animals | September 21 , 2017 

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 26, 2018  

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.  

  

  

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 December 2017.  

  

For further assistance, please email a.dush@omahabotanicalgardens.org 

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! 

  

         Kindergarten  

         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 

 

         4th grade   

         Teacher Packet 

         Student Activity Packet 

 

         5th grade   

         Teacher Packet 

         Student Activity Packet 

 

         6th grade   

         Teacher Packet 

         Student Activity Packet 

 

         7th grade   

         Teacher Packet  

         Student Activity Packet 

  

         8th grade   

         Teacher Packet 

         Student Activity Packet 

  

Student Guides 

  

Student Activity Sheets 

  

 

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