My Big Backyard Classes

To visit My Big Backyard, groups must register for one of the following five classes.

  • Classes can accommodate one classroom-sized group (maximum 30 per class.)
  • Classes include 45 minutes of instruction and 45 minutes of free play in the Children's Garden.
  • Program Fee: $5 per student.
    One adult free with every 3 students. Additional adults may pay $5 admission to attend.
    This 1:3 ratio is required, as students must be closely supervised during the free play portion of class.

Plants: Green Power!

Grades 2-6

Nature comes alive when students uncover the power of plants as producers and food. Activities include a scavenger hunt, photosynthesis souvenir, and a "food web" game. Students receive a photosynthesis souvenir.

Water: The Wonders of the Wet World!

Grades 2-8

Dive into a wonderful watery world with activities to "wet" students' curiosity. Walk through the water cycle, investigate pond ecology and play a macro-invertebrate limbo game. Students create a pond souvenir.

Pollinators: What's the BUZZ?

Grades 1-6; adaptable for multi-age groups

See what the "buzz" is all about as we visit flowers, just like the pollinators! Dress up like a flower and play a match-up game. Use special science tools to observe and record pollinator activity. Students receive a pollinator souvenir.

Vegetable Gardens: Healthy Gardens, Healthy You!

Grades 1-6; adaptable for Pre-K and Kindergarten

Dig into a feast of knowledge about nutrition that comes from the garden. Learn which parts of plants end up on your dinner plate, what rainbows have to do with a healthy body, and play a part in helping our garden grow! Take away a garden to sprout in your class.

A Sense of Adventure!

Grades Pre-K and Kindergarten

Students will take a sensory hike through My Big Backyard, taking the time to stop and smell the thyme! Five activities will highlight each of the senses, followed by nature art drawing. Students will receive a souvenir magnifier to reinforce observation skills.


Please complete the form below to request one of these programs.

This form is a REQUEST only.

Once this request is submitted, our program coordinator will email you a confirmation and request for deposit. Your field trip will be finalized upon payment of deposit. 

If you have questions, please contact:

Kristen Zemaitis



Gina Harris

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Central Daylight Time Hours:
9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Central Standard Time (Winter) Hours:
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Adults $8.00
Seniors (62 & over) $6.50
Children (2-12) $5.00
Children (under 2) FREE
Members FREE
* Handicapped Accessible

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We are located at:
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)

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