Field Trips and Tours

Tour Information

The public is invited to come and explore the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens anytime the facility is open.

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All tours start and end by the Admission Kiosk, located near the parking lot and main entrance of the Arboretum.
Guided tours are available (including tours for those less-abled) Monday, and Wednesday through Friday, by appointment. Tours are for up to 12 people per group.

Due to the popularity of the tours, staff and volunteers ask that you call 913-685-3604 at least three weeks in advance.

School Tours


The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is a wonderful location for nature walks. There are so many interesting birds, plants and animals, kids can be entertained for hours.

If your school is interested in a field trip to the Arboretum, please call 913-685-3604 to let us know when you are coming and how many people are in your group.

  • If you have selected a date and there already are two or three schools planning on attending that day, we will suggest you choose a different date. This will ensure there are enough picnic tables, trash cans and restrooms for everyone.
  • Please bring at least one chaperone for every five children. Please select chaperones who are truly interested in monitoring your group’s activities.
  • Bus/van drivers should drop off at the entrance sidewalk then park in the bus parking lot on the west side.


Regular admission fees apply for everyone attending.

The fees are based on age:

  • $3 – 13 years old and over
  • $1 – 6 to 12 years old
  • Free – 5 years old and under


Tree booklets are available to teachers that can be used for field trips to the Arboretum to increase children’s knowledge of trees. The booklets are written to satisfy a large number of Kansas State Science Standards. A teacher, with the help of accompanying adults, can give each child a booklet and then with minimal help from an adult, the student can learn about trees and have several learning activities.

Field Trips to the Arboretum

Teacher Information

Each backpack contains enough supplies for 30 students: 30 booklets, tree “cookies” (cross sections so they can count tree rings, etc.) measuring supplies (strings for little kids, rulers for older), pencils, etc.

Teachers can pick up and return field trip packs to the greeter in the Environmental Education Visitor Center (EEVC).  Be sure to count the materials when you pick them up and when you leave; you will be charged for any missing materials, except booklets (students may keep booklets).

To schedule your field trip and reserve your packets, call 913-685-3604.

Junior Treemendous Adventure

Pre-K -2nd Grade  State Standards Addressed

  • Standard 1:  Science as Inquiry:  1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
  • Standard 2:  Physical Science:  1.1, 1.4
  • Standard 3:  Life Science:  1:1, 1.3, 1.4
  • Standard 4:  Earth and Space Science:  1.1, 2.2
  • Standard 5:  Science and Technology:  1.3
  • Standard 6:  History and Nature of Science:  1.1

Treemendous Adventure

 3rd – 4th  Grade  State Standards Addressed: 

  • Standard 1: Science as Inquiry:  1.1, 1.2. 1.3, 1.4
  • Standard 2: Physical Science:  1.1, 1.2
  • Standard 3: Life Science:  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1
  • Standard 4: Earth and Space Science:  1.1, 2.2

5th – 6th  Grade  State Standards Addressed:

  • Standard 1: Science as Inquiry:  1.1, 1.2, 1.3
  • Standard 3: Life Science: 1.2, 1.4, 3.1, 3.2, 5.1
  • Standard 6: Science and Environment: 2.1 Could be added by teacher
  • Standard 7: History of Nature of Science: 1.1 Could be added by teacher

Note: Trees to be identified by the 3rd through 6th grade students are marked with a raccoon tag on the side facing the closest sidewalk in the Learning Arboretum.  The student can locate the tree by the tag and then use the chart on pp. 12 and 13 to identify the tree.

The students may walk around freely in the Learning Arboretum, but please remind them not to remove anything from the environment.

Stem Fest ’18 – Educators: learn more about Arboretum field trip opportunities at Stem Fest ’18 – October 23 at Union Station’s Grand Plaza, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Stop by our table!

Visit Us

8909 W. 179 St.,
Overland Park, KS 66013
The Arboretum is open Wednesday through Monday. Temporary operating hours are 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays

Under normal circumstances, the Arboretum is open seven days a week.
Oct. 1-April 9: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
April 10-Sept. 30: 8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
(Fourth Saturday of June: closes at Noon)
Dec. 25 - Closed

Free for members of Friends of the Arboretum
$3.00 Adult
$1.00 Child 6-12
Free 5 years and younger
No admission charge on Tuesdays.