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School Programs

School Programs

Currently booking field trips for the 2022 Fall Semester.

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, or a curriculum centered guided field trip here at Cheekwood.

For questions about the programs listed below, please email schools@cheekwood.org.

School Field Trips

When:
Tuesday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM

Group Size:
Minimum: 15
Maximum: 60

Cost:
Students and teachers: Free
Chaperones (non-school employees): $16/per person

Scheduling:
Must schedule trips at least two weeks in advance.
Field trips are rain or shine. Groups may cancel with at least 24 hours notice, but we cannot guarantee that group can be rescheduled.

FAQ Request a School Tour

Beginning this fall, Cheekwood is offering five new field trips that are based on Tennessee State Standards. Each option is listed below with a link to the Teacher Handout for that field trip option.

Please note that school field trips are full through October. We are still booking school groups for the rest of the 2022 Fall semester.

School Field Trips Options:  

Homeschool Field Trips

When:
Tuesday – Friday, 1 – 5 PM

Group Size:
Minimum: 15
Maximum: 80

Cost:
Students and teachers (1 adult/family): Free
Chaperones (non-school employees): $16/per person

Scheduling:
Must schedule trips at least two weeks in advance.
Field trips are rain or shine. Groups may cancel with at least 24 hours notice, but we cannot guarantee that group can be rescheduled.

Please note all homeschool trips are self-guided at this time.

FAQ Request a Homeschool Trip

Please note that homeschool field trips are full through October. We are still booking school groups for the rest of the 2022 Fall semester.

Cheekwood on the Road

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

Cheekwood on the Road brings Cheekwood-inspired, hands-on art and science lessons to your school. During Cheekwood on the Road, 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 Cheekwood on the Road satisfied or exceeded their expectations and that they would recommend it to their colleagues.

Cheekwood on the Road 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.

Please note that this program is designed for Title I Schools and public schools.

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

Apply for Destination Cheekwood

 

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Cheekwood GROWS

Grade: 3
Cost: FREE!
Capacity: Up to 120 people

Cheekwood GROWS targets third grade students to provide an immersive, multi-faceted experience that teaches them about gardening while fostering an appreciation for it that will, hopefully, carry through their lives. Components of the program include:

  • Pre-visit materials to be completed in the classroom along with either an in-person or Zoom visit from Cheekwood’s Garden Educator.
  • A student field trip to Cheekwood, where students will plant seeds in the garden, work with more mature plants to learn about adaptations and pollination, taste food that grows in a garden, and plant seeds to take back to their classroom.
  • Continued engagement between the Garden Educator and the classes via emails, photos, and video chats to allow students to monitor the growth of what they planted at Cheekwood and share what they are seeing with the plants they are caring for at school.
  • A Destination Cheekwood family field trip on a weekend so that students can share what they have learned with their families and so that families can taste some of what has been grown in the garden. Families will be provided with a year-long membership to come back again and again.
  • A culminating program to congratulate the students on their hard work, talk about potential career paths they may be interested in, and to answer any final questions.

Please note that this program is designed for an entire third grade and participating schools must agree to participate in each component of the program listed above.

For more information about the program please contact Adria Osborne at aosborne@cheekwood.org

Teacher Guide

Black Arts Bash Student Exhibition

We are looking for work made by rising 10th to 12th grade students in the Greater Nashville Area who identify as Black or Mix-race. Young artists may submit their work regardless of topic.
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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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M. Stratton Foster Charitable Foundation

Funds raised during Fall for Cheekwood support Cheekwood’s FREE education initiatives, providing access and programs to school children and families from Middle Tennessee and beyond.

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