Field Trips at the Arboretum

Field trips are available at the Arboretum from May through October.

Admission Costs

  • Admission for groups with children 4 & Under: Free admission for students, $5 per staff member/assistant. Free admission for your bus driver.
  • Admission for groups with children ages 5-17: $2 per child with 1 free accompanying adult for every 10 students, and free admission for your bus driver. $5 per staff member/assistant not covered by 10 student rule. 

Arboretum field trips do not come with a formal tour of the gardens. Groups will be able to explore the gardens on their own. Field trips may bring coolers, lunches, and their own toys or other educational materials which can be stored in the Education Center if it is not being used. The Arboretum will be open to the public during all field trips and can not guarantee the security of unattended materials.

Additional items

Trolley Rides: 
Trolley rides may be added to your field trip for $1 per child. This drive takes riders through the garden and takes around 10 minutes.*Trolley Rides will not be extra on days they already scheduled for an event happening during your field trip*


Activity Totes are available for an additional $20. These totes are filled with complete lesson plans with detailed information about the gardens and a variety of pre-planned activities in them such as songs, games that can be played in the gardens, and stories. Please call our office to reserve a tote.


Please contact us at (319) 226-4966 or for more information or to set up your field trip today!   


"We had many lively discussions and great questions from our students after the trip.  During conferences several parents told us that their child had been talking about the field trip and sharing highlights with their family...  We look forward to visiting the Arboretum again this school year and are certain the students will be thrilled to visit again."


-Elk Run Staff

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