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School and Youth Tour Groups

Escape to a beautiful 100-acre educational resource and enjoy the wonder of the garden as the students enrich their knowledge of nature while meeting academic standards. Experience soaring palms in the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory, acres of native grasses and trees in the Arboretum and Oberman Bird Sanctuary, colorful symmetrical plantings in the Hitchcock-Kountze Victorian Garden and so much more through our various educational programs for you and your class to enjoy!  


Special Highlights (dates subject to change)  


         BRICKLIVE Brickosaurs   

o    On display January 13 through May 9, 2024   

         Arbor Day Festival (discovery tours ONLY)   

o    April 23, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.   

       Model Railroad Garden   

         Open May through October, weather permitting 

         Goldenrod Festival (discovery tours ONLY) - REGISTER NOW!  

o    Date TBD from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.   


For important details regarding the following tour options, please click on 

"Pricing and Further Information" BEFORE requesting a tour.  


Discovery Tour (Available year-round)  

Incredible outdoor gardens provide an excellent opportunity for meeting educational standards in a beautiful natural environment. Download and print pre-designed tour packets with fun activities designed to meet grade specific learning standards as you lead your students through the garden. The packets also include a suggested tour route, map and information for the group's leader about each garden. Downloadable tour resources are available near the bottom of this page.  


Conservatory Guided Tour with Activity - (Available November through March for grades K-8)  

With the aid of an engaging activity, the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory and nearby gardens provide an incredible setting to enrich a learning experience   


Conservatory-Garden Guided Tour - (Available April through September for grades K-12)  

Explore the wonders of the plant world in the incredible Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory and enjoy the surrounding outdoor display gardens of seasonal interest.   


Garden Guided Tour with Activity - (Available April through October for grades K-8)  


These tours highlight outdoor garden areas of seasonal interest. Trained guides will lead educators and children on a tour through a variety of ecosystems, incredible gardens and natural landscapes. Either before the tour or after, a trained guide will also lead educators and children through a garden-themed activity.   

PLEASE NOTE: This particular tour will last TWO HOURS instead of 90 minutes like the rest of the tours that we offer. ***This tour is ONLY for students in K-8th grades.***  


Garden Guided Tour - (Available April through October for grades K-12)  

These educational tours highlight amazing outdoor garden areas of seasonal interest.   


Green Studies Tours - (Available year-round)  


If the focus of your collegiate or high school course is botany, horticulture, landscape studies, entomology or another related plant science (broad subjects such as biology will not apply), then the green studies guided and self-guided tour options are a great resource.   




Arbor Day Festival for the Schools | April 23, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  

Celebrate the importance of trees, as well as other environmental conservation messages, as groups participate in self-guided tours to interactive stations staffed by conservation minded organizations. Organizations that have participated in the past include: Benson Plant Rescue, City Sprouts, Keep Omaha Beautiful, Nebraska Extension, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and USDA-APHIS-PPQ. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is geared towards K-5th grade.  


Goldenrod Festival - A Celebration of Native Plants and Animals | Date TBD from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  

Enjoy engaging stations run by multiple organizations with environmental messages that will teach students about native plants and animals in the unique setting that is Lauritzen Gardens. The following organizations are just a few of those that are expected to attend: Keep Omaha Beautiful, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and USDA-APHIS-PPQ. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is geared towards Kindergarten through 5th grade.  


2024 Tour Information and Tour Request Links:  

         Pricing and Further Information  

         Guided or self-guided tour request  

         Green studies tour request   


For more information, please contact the education department at (402) 346-4002, etc. 253 or at  







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