Educational Programs

The Quad City Botanical Center offers a variety of educational programs for families, schools, youth groups, and more. Please review the information below to learn more about your options! To schedule a tour or register for a program, please contact our Education Department at 309/794-0991 ext. 208 or Thank you for your support!

Literacy in the Garden

Runs through May: Every Monday 
Jan 19th - May 18th

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore nature and literacy in our unique Sun Garden. Volunteers will have new activities and stories each week. This program is  generously sponsored  by WIU-QC/WQPT Early Childhood Literacy Project. Included in general admission.



Preschool-1st Grade

Stories in the Gardens

Come enjoy the fresh warm air and vibrant surroundings as we read some of our favorite stories in the gardens. Choose any story and accompanying craft for $3 per child; tour takes 1 hour.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar:

Learn about insect metamorphosis and the unique style of Eric Carle illustrations and make a caterpillar.

The Lorax By Dr. Seuss:

Come explore environmentalism through the wonderful world of Truffula Trees and Bar-ba-loots, then make your own Lorax and Truffula Tree.

Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose:

Help a young boy decide whether or not he should squish an ant and learn how ants are a lot like us! After the story you will make a picnic to take home!



K-5th Grade


Students will learn about all the creatures that move soil and why they’re important. We’ll discuss worms, ants, prairie dogs and even humans during this rotating activity. Explore vermi-compost, an ant farm and a diorama of human life.

 Sun Garden Tour:

Enjoy an interactive scavenger hunt and tour of our tropical Sun Garden. Students will use their senses in an exotic environment different from their own back yard.

Green House Planting:

Students will learn about the plants in our greenhouse, what plants need to survive, and how to plant seeds. Each student Will take planted seeds home. If you would rather plant established plants, add $2 per child.


Learn about monarch butterflies and their interesting life cycle, and make a butterfly of your own to take home.

 Flower Parts:

Students will learn about the various parts of a flower and create a flower craft to take home.

 Carnivorous Plants:

Students will be introduced to the fascinating world of meat-eating plants and make a Venus Fly Trap puppet to take home.

 Life in the Rainforest:

Students will learn about plant and animal interactions in Madagascar with a presentation, a coloring project, and a collage for the class to take with them.

Beautiful Bats:
Students will learn about what these nocturnal creatures do for our environment, how they differ from our other winged friends. and will take a craft home with them.


 Becoming a bee, butterfly, bird or bat students learn about the importance of pollinating animals and insects with a short presentation and activity to follow.



6th and Up

Programs can be adapted for all ages, call for more information.



-All tours are $3 per student for two activities, and an additional $1 per student, per activity after that.

-All teachers and teacher's aides will have free admission, other chaperones and parent will have
$3 admission.

-Welcome to bring sack lunches

-Ask about scholarship funding for your class for on-site and off-site programming.


How To Book

To book your educational tour, contact the education department.

Phone: 309-794-0991 x208

Please have the following information on hand:

Phone Number
Group Name
Number of Students
Date/Time of Visit


We'll Come to You!

If transportation is a challenge preventing you from scheduling a educational tour at the QCBC, we're more than happy to come visit your classes. We'll bring a "road show" version of our programs to give your students a meaninful and educational plant experience. 

The Cost for this program is $40 per class and includes all supplies for approximately 30-45 minutes of programming. The cost decreases to $30 per class from November to February.

An Additional mileage fee may be adder for lovations more than 20 miles from the Botanical Center.

Topics are flexible, Call for more information