At Leach Botanical Garden, we aspire to be a hands-on laboratory for environmental education that provides teachers and students with field trip options that are unique to the Garden. Please be aware that the maximum number of students in the Garden at any one time is 30.
Currently we offer the following educational opportunities:
- Guided Field Trips – Preschool through 5th grade
- Self-Guided Field Trips
- Honeybee Hikes
- Community Service Projects
- Summer College Internships
Guided Field Trips
Leach Botanical Garden is a wonderful place to learn about plants, animals and unique ecosystems. Currently all guided field trips are organized and led by our partner, Portland Parks & Recreation’s Environmental Education program. Visit their webpage to see cost, dates and other information on scheduling a field trip: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/62975
Contact their office directly for additional information: 503-823-3601
Self-Guided Field Trips
If you have a specific curriculum and do not need a Leach Garden educator, come explore the Garden on your own. To help you plan your trip, a trail map and bird guide can be downloaded on the right.
Self-guided school groups must pre-register but your visit is free. Please review the Educational Program Guidelines and submit a Registration Form at least three weeks before your visit – both documents can be found on the right. We will make every effort to accommodate your requested date.
A Honeybee Hike is a fun opportunity for preschool students to explore the Garden. Hike leaders take small groups along garden trails encouraging children to smell flowers, touch leaves, look for insects, or investigate nature through their senses. They can also make a craft project, listen to a story or explore the Children’s Discovery Garden.
To request a weekday Honeybee Hike for your group of 10+ children and adults, outside of the regularly scheduled Wednesday hike, please complete and submit a Reservation Form at least three weeks in advance of your requested date.
Community Service Projects
Community Service Projects are intended to provide an enriching learning experience with meaningful community service that benefits participants and the Garden alike. Projects are specific to the season and the groups’ interest and age. Past projects have included creating garden beds, restoring benches, caring for garden amenities and removing invasive plant species. Leach Garden staff accompanies all service work but adult chaperones must also work with students and provide management to ensure a successful project.
For more details, please review and submit a completed Request for Proposal: Project form located to the right under the Download section.
The college internship program is designed to offer hands-on experiences for people aspiring to a career in horticulture, public gardening and landscape architecture or design. The intern will work alongside our horticultural staff and volunteers doing weeding, planting, watering, mulching, pruning, visitor interaction, plant labeling, inventory and collections record keeping, and public education. Staff and intern will identify a specific project to work on that suits both the Garden and intern. Educational field trips and public educational programs are offered to help broaden the student's horticultural horizons.
College internships are typically offered during summer months. The application period begins January 1st and ends March 15th. Applications submitted outside of this period will NOT be accepted. Please click here to view Summer College Intern page.