School Programs

We will begin booking field trips for the 2022-2023 fall semester on August 1st, 2022.

School Groups

Engage students in art, history, and botanical gardens with a field trip to Cheekwood. Cheekwood offers free admission to all school groups from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. Students in grades pre-k-12 can enjoy a self-guided experience through the gardens.

• Field Trips are available Tuesday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM.
• All field trips are self-guided through the gardens only.
• The minimum group size for scheduling field trips is 15. Groups smaller than 15 must pay regular admission prices.
• The maximum group size for scheduling field trips is 100. This includes students, teachers, and chaperones.
• Students and teachers are admitted free of charge. Adult chaperones (non-school employees) are required to pay the group rate of $16/person.
• Advanced registration is required due to timed ticketing for all visitors. Groups will be required to pick a specific date and time.
• Date and time requests must be at least two weeks in advance.
• Field trips are rain or shine. Groups may cancel their trip with at least 24 hours advance notice, but we cannot guarantee the group can be rescheduled.

Contact schools@cheekwood.org if you have any questions.

Request a School Tour

Homeschool Groups

Engage students in art, history, and botanical gardens with a field trip to Cheekwood. Cheekwood offers free admission to all school groups from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. Students in grades pre-k-12 can enjoy a self-guided experience through the gardens.

• Field Trips are available Tuesday – Friday, afternoons only, from 1 PM – 5 PM.
• All field trips are self-guided through the gardens only.
• The minimum group size for scheduling field trips is 15. Groups smaller than 15 must pay regular admission prices.
• The maximum group size for scheduling field trips is 100. This count includes children under 2, students, teachers, and chaperones.
• Students and one adult per family will be admitted free of charge. Additional adults will pay the chaperone fee of $16/person.
• Advanced registration is required due to timed ticketing for all visitors. Groups will be required to pick a specific date and time.
• Due to timed ticketing, all group tour entry will occur on the half hour. Date and time requests must be at least two weeks in advance. Field trips are available Tuesday through Friday.
• Field trips are rain or shine. Groups may cancel their trip with at least 24 hours advance notice, but we cannot guarantee the group can be rescheduled.

Contact schools@cheekwood.org if you have any questions.

Request a Homeschool Group Tour

Art Outreach

Grades: 3 – 5
Cost: FREE!
Capacity: Up to 120 students

Art Outreach brings Cheekwood-inspired, hands-on art and science lessons to your school. During Art Outreach, students will explore landscape architecture by learning about Cheekwood’s history and dive into Cheekwood’s permanent art collection by critically examining selected pieces. Additional stations focus on temporary art and seasonal garden exhibitions. After rotating through these Cheekwood teacher-led stations, students bring home their masterpieces at the end of the day. During the 2018-19 school year, 100% of teachers that participated in this program said that Art Outreach satisfied or exceeded their expectations and that they would recommend it to their colleagues.

Art Outreach Request Form

Destination Cheekwood

Grades: K-8 students and their families
Cost: FREE!
Capacity: Up to 120 people

Destination Cheekwood brings families to Cheekwood on a Saturday for a visit filled with art, garden, and historical experiences and activities. Transportation, admission, activities, and lunch are provided, giving families the opportunity to enjoy the best of Cheekwood’s seasonal festivals.

Contact schools@cheekwood.org if you have any questions.

Apply for Destination Cheekwood

 

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Education & Outreach Programs supported by

Nissan

M. Stratton Foster Charitable Foundation

Funds raised through Cheekwood’s annual Family Benefit Event

The Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, a national nonprofit organization, was established in 1994 to provide guidance and support for the next generation. The Alliance fosters the creative development of youth across the country through The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens, and the largest source of scholarships for young artists. Alumni of the Scholastic Art Awards include artists Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, Cy Twombly, Robert Indiana, Kay WalkingStick, Mozelle Thompson, Hughie Lee-Smith, and John Baldessari. For more information, visit the Scholastic Affiliate page here.

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