School Programs


Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center provides outdoor science education programming for students throughout Orange County and surrounding regions. During these programs, students will explore a variety of habitats in the gardens and natural areas. Programs may involve an excursion on Adams Bayou, exploring at one of our outpost pavilions, spying wildlife under the cover of our bird blind, or planting in the children’s garden. Other facilities explored during an educational experience may include our Wetland Demonstration Garden, laboratory, bat house, and the Nature Discovery Center.
Schools have three different options: Naturalist-Guided Programs (students are guided by one of our outdoor educators from beginning to end), Explorer Tours (Self-Guided), and Outreach Programs (a Shangri La naturalist visits your classroom for a hands-on presentation). All programs are free, but require a reservation. For schools located in Orange County, Shangri La will pay for busing when you come to the gardens.
If you are interested in one of these programs, please visit each of the pages to read more. When you have selected the program you are interested in, please fill out the on line application form located on that program’s page (if applicable), or contact our office for more information:
Please note that school groups that elect to visit Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center outside of the School Program are subject to posted admission fees.