Field Trips and Tours

We are aware that many school districts have been forced to limit field trip opportunities due to budget constraints. To facilitate access to Cox Arboretum's school programs and ensure that as many Montgomery County students as possible have an opportunity to visit us, funding is available for busing to and from the Arboretum.

Teacher Field School Training

The goal of Cox Arboretum's Teacher Field School is to ensure that teachers have the knowledge, tools, and comfort level to lead their students in a fulfilling outdoor experience. Training sessions, led by the Arboretum's education staff, last approximately one hour and are customized to meet the teachers' objectives. All teachers who participate in the training receive nature backpacks filled with resources to ensure that they and their students will get the most from being outdoors. These packs are provided free-of-charge and contain resources such as field guides, activity ideas, and simple investigative tools that will help students explore their natural surroundings. The Arboretum's education staff has trained more than 100 educators from various schools, child-care centers, and after-school programs since the inception of the Teacher Field School.

For more information, or to schedule a Field School training session, please contact the Education Department at (937) 434-9005.

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PLANT Tours: Putting Learning and Nature Together!

The Cox Arboretum Foundation is committed to providing area students and teachers with opportunities to learn, explore, and connect with nature. PLANT tours, which are offered in the fall and spring, help teachers bring classroom concepts to life with hands-on outdoor activities.

For more information, or to arrange a PLANT tour, please contact the Education Department at
(937) 434-9005.

For a complete list of field trip opportunities offered at Cox Arboretum, along with other resources for educators, visit the Five Rivers MetroParks website.