Field Trips

Come Grow With Us! Take your group on a tropical excursion in the heart of the city. A field trip to the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens is a great experience for school groups and scouts!

There are many ways to enjoy the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens with your group:

  • Take a self-guided tour on your own or with our Plant Passport (free with admission)

  • Enjoy a 2-hour field trip class with NCG education staff


Groups in Winnebago County

  • NCG-led field trip: $8/student

  • Self-Guided trip: $4/student

  • Staff: FREE

  • Chaperons: $5

Groups Outside Winnebago County

  • NCG-led field trip: $10/student

  • Self-Guided trip: $6/student

  • Staff: FREE

  • Chaperons: $7

Class Availability

Tuesdays - Sundays during regular facility hours

Submit Your Field Trip Request

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"Self-Guided": Explore the gardens on your own (Residents of Winnebago County Students ages 5-17 $4, students ages 3-4 $2, staff/teachers Free, chaperones $5; Non-residents $6 students ages 5-17, students ages 3-4 $3, staff/teachers free, chaperones $7) "Field Trip Program": Get the most out of your visit with fun, hands-on educational programs led by NCG program staff. Click Here [link to brochure] for listing of our field trip programs. (Residents of Winnebago County Students $8, staff/teachers Free, chaperones $5; Non-residents $10 students, $3, staff/teachers free, chaperones $7) "On the Road Program": Can’t come to the gardens? Let us bring the gardens to you! See FIELD TRIP BROCHURE link above for listing of field trip programs for listing of our "On the Road" programs. $100 for 60-minute program (up to 30 students), discounts available for multiple programs on same day.
Please note if you prefer morning or afternoon.


Contact Lyndi Toohill at 815.987.1654 or e-mail

Hydroponic Gardens

With a hydroponic garden by Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, your students can experience gardening while learning lessons about photosynthesis, nutrition, pollination, and more in an indoor garden system that is completely soil free!

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Nicholas Conservatory Field Trip Grant

Because the connection with the natural world is so important to the goals of the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, we are now offering field trip grants for schools that serve low-income populations. Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens field trip grants are generously provided through the Nicholas Family Foundation.

Congratulations to the 2018 Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Field Trip Grantees: Easterseals Kindergarten, Easterseals 6th grade, and Riverdahl 4th grade. Grant application for the 2019 Field Trip Grant will open in October 2018.