Due to public health efforts to contain COVID-19, the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum are temporarily closed until April 20 or later.
Museum General Admission
And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” (Genesis 1:11, ESV)
There are over 369,000 flowering plants in the world. God created a wide variety of plants to produce after their kind. Explore Botany will investigate the beauty and design of the plant kingdom through interactive sessions and guided experiences in the museum gardens.
Open to students in grades 4–12 (ages 9 and up).
Explore Botany is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Explore Days program is on a four-year rotating schedule. Each Explore Day includes a minimum of four hands-on, interactive sessions. The yearly topics are provided in the schedule below.
Please keep in mind that some of our activities are contingent upon weather.
Availability is limited, so sign up today!
To complete your child’s registration for the Explore program, adult chaperones must present these forms upon arrival on your Explore Days workshop date.
You can find answers to common questions on the Explore Days FAQ page.
Please contact us for more information or if you would like to schedule a private Explore day for your group.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
|Session 1||Eukaryote Plant Cells||Properties of Soil||Monocots & Dicots||Leaf Identification|
|Session 2||Plant Anatomy||Properties of Fruit & Seeds||Photosynthesis||Plant Fingerprints: Stomata|
|Session 3||Carnivorous Plant Care
Take-Home Specimen: Venus Flytrap
|Rain Forest Plant Care
Take-Home Specimen: Ornamental Bamboo
|Flowering Plant Care
Take-Home Specimen: Flowering Plant
|Leafy Plant Care
Take-Home Specimen: Leafy Plant
|Session 4||Guided Garden Activity with Creation Museum Botanical Expert||Garden Rain Forest Activity with Creation Museum Botanical Expert||Guided Garden Tour with a Creation Museum Botanical Expert||Guided Garden Activity with Creation Museum Botanical Expert|