Tours, Field Trips & Outreach

Tours, Field Trips & Outreach

Harry P. Leu Gardens offers amazing tours designed to enhance your overall experience of the gardens and the Leu House Museum, a restored turn-of-the century home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A variety of tours are offered including: adult self-guided, adult guided and incredible school/scout tours.

Teachers! Leu Gardens is hosting an exciting interactive exhibit November 16 – April 5! Nature of the Game integrates natural science concepts with large hands-on games to challenge your students to discover the inner connections of life. Stations throughout the Gardens will encourage them to play and explore. Reserve your field trip!

Scavenger Hunt – Based on I-Spy, students will explore various depictions of biomes in the United States and search for specific images of plants and animals native to the biomes.
Morphing Morphology – Based on a cryptex, students will spin the wheels to line up eight different tree species with their range, leaf, flower, fruit and seed.
Photosynthesize – Based on ball maze balance, the process of photosynthesis is the goal of this team challenge. Working together to tip the maze, students must navigate the ball to the proper elements in order to complete the process.
Food Web Chess – Inspired by the game of chess, the oversized chess pieces are animals that must be moved to create accurate food chains that then become a more complex food web, which illustrates the intricate connections of life.
Sliding Puzzle – The large sliding puzzles have pieces that slide up, down, and side to side. The double-sided puzzle pieces depict threats to specific biomes which result in habitat destruction. Students can then “put the biomes” back together to diminish the threats.
BEEd Maze – Young students will enjoy moving the bees along the rods through the “field” of flowers to accomplish pollination in this human-sized toy.
Consequence – Based on Kerplunk, the balls in this large game are each endangered species. The poles pulled out by the students are human actions. Trying to pull one out without affecting the species is not easy. The message of the game is that human actions have consequences that can lead to habitat destruction and/or the extinction of species.
Connect Food – Based on Connect Four, two players must align the proper host plant, caterpillar, adult, and nectar plant for a butterfly and moth in this game of metamorphosis.

School and Scout Field Trips
Bring your students to LIFE with a fun and educational field trip to Leu Gardens.  Our outdoor living classroom will stimulate young minds to consider the amazing world of plants, and their interactions with insects and other animals – including us!  Our programs complement the Florida Standards for Life Science.  Reserve early.

Student Guided Tours
Schedule a guided tour with one of our trained Garden Guide docents.  Your group will visit the various gardens to discover how plants adapt to their native biomes.  Our guides have a wealth of information and are always willing to answer questions.  Guided tours are limited to 65 students per day, divided into three groups.  Free bus parking.

  • $4 per student, one free adult for every 7 paid children, additional adults pay $10.00.
    Minimum group size 10

Student Self-Guided Tours
Enjoy the garden on your own self-guided adventure.  Your students can hone their wayfinding skills by following the garden map to explore the winding paths through the gardens. No limit to the number in attendance, however, plan on dividing your students into groups of 25 or less with one adult per seven students.  Free bus parking.

  • $3 for students, one free adult for every 7 paid children, additional adults pay $10.00.
    Minimum group size 10
  • Enhance your students with a 45-minute Invincible Invertebrates presentation or Botany 101 in our classroom before you visit the gardens:
    Amazing! Invincible Invertebrates Presentation:  Students will meet up-close and personal live invertebrates that will help them understand the concepts of pollinators, decomposers, predator/prey adaptations, and life cycles before they venture into the gardens.
    Botany 101! (grades 3 – 5) The study of plants is fascinating and important since our lives depend on them!  This hour interactive presentation will enhance your field trip as we explore photosynthesis, pollination, plant defenses, and more.

Each presentation is limited to a maximum of 50 students.  If you have more than 50 students, you may schedule additional presentations (one group will visit the gardens first then meet in the classroom at a designated time) or additional days.  The Presentations are only available for student self-guided tours and are an additional cost of $40.00 for one group, $60.00 for two groups, $80 for three groups.

Register: to schedule a field trip please complete this form with two date options.  You will receive a confirmation email.  Questions ? please email sandra.linn@cityoforlando.net or call 407.246.3621.  To register for an outreach program please contact Sandi Linn.

WOW! Invincible Invertebrates OUTREACH to your school!
Leu Garden can come to your school with live invertebrates.  This hour long program will challenge your students with a PowerPoint Q and A presentation, as they meet the invertebrates.  Concepts will include pollination, decomposers, predator/prey adaptations, and life cycles. This program is recommended for third grade and above.  Maximum 50 students.  Two programs, back-to-back, may be scheduled.  Please contact Sandi Linn 407.246.3621, sandra.linn@cityoforlando.net to register for an outreach program.

  • One presentation is $100.00
  • Two presentations, back-to-back, is $150.00

Adult Group Reservations
Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance by calling the Education Department at 407.246.3621 or emailing Sandi Linn. Please have date of the tour and number of people in the group. A confirmation and map will be emailed or mailed. Full payment must be made on the day of your tour. Payment may be made with a check, credit card or cash.

Adult Self-Guided Groups
10 people or more: $8 per person

  • Minimum group size 10 people
  • Reservations are required at least one week in advance. To receive a discount, call the Education Department at 407.246.3621 or email sandra.linn@cityoforlando.net. Please have the date of the tour and the number of people in the group.
  • Full payment is due on the day of your tour. Advanced payment is accepted. Payment may be made with a check, credit card or cash.
  • Comfortable shoes and attire are suggested.
  • Free admission for group escort and bus driver
  • Free bus parking

Adult Group Guided Tour
10 people or more: $12 per person

Our guided tours are led by trained docents. There are two types of guided group tours:
1. Gardens only (approximately 1.5 hours)
2. Gardens and Leu House Museum (approximately 2 hours)

  • Minimum group size 10 people.
  • Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance by calling the Education Department at 407.246.3621 or emailing sandra.linn@cityoforlando.net. Please have the date of the tour and the number of people in the group.
  • No other discounts, coupons or Leu Gardens Guest Passes may be used. If your group consists of Leu Gardens members, they must also pay $12 per person due to the special nature of the tour.
  • Comfortable shoes and attire are suggested.
  • Free admission for group escort and bus driver
  • Free bus parking

Scout Programs
Boy Scout and Girl Scout Badge programs please call Sandi Linn 407.246.3621 for specific programs to meet badge requirements.