School & Group Tours

MAY ARBORETUM SCHOOL TOURSArboretum Tour 
The Arboretum outdoor horticulture guided station tours are a wonderful way to teach  and engage children about the natural world and their environment. Staff and docents provide a hands-on experience at each station (3-4) by involving students’ and encouraging active participation. When your group arrives, we’ll divide your class into small groups of 10 or 20.  Each group should have at least one adult per ten students, or two adults per twenty. Self-guided school tours are scheduled by calling the Arboretum office. Scheduling your visit avoids conflicts with guided tours, special events and other school groups. Please call 775-785-4153 or email bcarlos@washoecounty.us to make arrangements.

FEES: Guided Tours: $3.00 donation/student. Teachers and chaperones are free.
FEES: Self Guided Tours: $1.00 donation/student.Teachers and chaperones are free.
 
PLANNING  YOUR VIST - POLICY & GUIDELINES 
Prior to your visit, it is important to let your students know they can protect the plant collection and educational resources offered by the May Arboretum for others to enjoy by following these simple rules. 
  • Stay on the paths.
  • Do not run. 
  • Picking leaves, flowers or fruit is prohibited unless you received permission.
  • To avoid disturbing wildlife and visitors, keep your voices low.
  • No pets allowed.
  • Smoking is prohibited in the arboretum during tours.

HOW LONG ARE GUIDED TOURS?
Our station tour can take up to 45 minutes to one hour and half, but can be adjusted according class time and age of the students.

HOW LONG ARE SELF GUIDED SCHOOL TOURS?
Self guide school tours can be as long as teacher needs them to be but, must be scheduled and arranged through the arboretum office.
Please call 775-785-4153 or email bcarlos@washoecounty.us.

SNACKS AND RESTROOMS:
Currently concession stands are not available at the Arboretum or park. If your students brings a snack, allow time for them to eat and use the restrooms BEFORE or AFTER the tour.  Also bottled water is allowed on the tour.  

ACCESSING THE GARDENS
The gardens have two access points, a west and east entrance.  The east entrance is off Sierra Street and by the Ranch House, and the west entrance is accessed off Keystone and by the May Museum. Please let staff know which entrance you will arriving at by contacting us at 785-4153 the morning of your tour.