School Program Tours

Outdoor Classroom Learning Opportunities

Our mission at Smithsonian Gardens is to enrich the Smithsonian experience by extending the museum experience into an outdoor living classroom. The programs offered here apply to an array of subjects and curriculum and we hope that they will help youth to exercise both their mind and body in the gardens around the Smithsonian and ultimately in their own community. We offer both docent or staff led programs, and self-guided experiences.

To Make a Reservation

  1. Choose an experience and day that works for your group.
  2. Download the Garden Tour Request Form
  3. Return form to gardentours@si.edu at least three weeks in advance. Include the words “Tour Request,” the name of your group and the requested tour date in the subject line. Example: “Tour Request: DC Garden Club – May 23”. Note: Submitting a form does not guarantee a reservation
  4. Plan your visit

Career Day

Recommended for Grades 9 – 12

How can an interest in gardening and horticulture blossom into a fulfilling career? Students explore various career options in the world of horticulture while touring a few of the Smithsonian gardens alongside expert staff and interns. Students come away with a clearer understanding of the field of horticulture, careers available, and how horticulture intertwines with culture, history, sustainability, and research here at the Smithsonian Institution.

Smithsonian Visitors Guide & Tours App

Smithsonian Tours

The Smithsonian Tours app features museum hours and information, maps and floor plans, events, exhibitions, where to shop, eat, and museum attractions.