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

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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.