The public is invited to come and explore the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens anytime the facility is open.
Guided walking tours are available for an additional $10 per person. Groups may include up to 12 people. Tours are available for people with disabilities. These tours are available Monday, and Wednesday through Friday, by appointment.
All tours start and end by the Admission Kiosk, located near the parking lot and main entrance of the Arboretum.
Due to the popularity of the tours, staff and volunteers ask that you call 913-685-3604 at least three weeks in advance.
The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is a wonderful location for nature walks. There are many interesting birds, plants and animals. Students can be entertained for hours.
- Please call 913-685-3604 ahead of time to let us know your group size and intended visit date.
- If you have selected a date already reserved by several other school groups, we will suggest you choose a different date to 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 and older
- $1 - Ages 6 to 12
- Free - 5 years and younger
Resources for Teachers
The Friends of the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens provides backpacks full of learning resources to teachers for free. Each backpacks contains enough of the following supplies for 30 students:
- "Guide to a TREEmendous Adventure" Booklets, which students may write on and take home;
- Tree "cookies," which are cross sections of tree trunks;
- Age-appropriate measuring supplies;
The Arboretum provides learning resources, written to satisfy state science standards.
- Lesson plans for Kinetic Art Projects
- Junior Guide to a TREEmendous Adventure: for Pre-K to second graders
- Guide to a TREEmendous Adventure: for third to sixth graders
- GeoKids Guide: Using a Compass and Orienteering
- Introduction to Birding
Students will practice measurement, data collection and identification skills to improve their number sense, quantitative reasoning, problem-solving and pattern recognition skills.
Teachers can pick up and return field trip packs to the greeter in the Environmental Education Visitor Center.
Students may walk around freely in the Stous Promenade, but please remind them not to remove anything from the environment.
To schedule your field trip and reserve your packets, call 913-685-3604.