Garden Closed

To limit the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) has changed its operations. The Conservatory and gated outdoor gardens are temporarily closed to the public, while Bartholdi Park and the Terrace Gardens remain open. Please monitor this website for updates to operating status. Many resources can be accessed online, including educational materials, virtual tours, informational videos, and our winter programs will all be online. Connect with resources from home at

Become a Junior Botanist

How to become a Junior Botanist:

Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden and check out a Junior Botanist Backpack Adventure Kit.

You must be nine or older and be accompanied by an adult with an official ID (such as a driver's license).

Your adventures will begin in the Garden Court and continue throughout our Conservatory. Each room may take approximately 30 minutes to complete. It often takes multiple visits to the Garden to complete all the adventure sheets. (Schools reserving Junior Botanist may complete the adventure sheets in one visit by assigning small groups to different rooms).

With your completed adventure sheets, return to our Visitor Information desk and you will receive your Apprentice Junior Botanist badge.

You will then continue your botanic adventures at home. Once all adventure sheets are completed, you will submit them to our botanist for review. If successfully completed, you will become an official U.S. Botanic Garden Junior Botanist and our botanist will send you a Junior Botanist certificate and tools to continue your study of botany. You will also be invited to attend a behind the scene tour of our greenhouses.

There is no fee to participate in this program. Schools must reserve this program in advance (6 backpacks with a maximum of 30 students) by emailing

Backpacks are not available during our Season's Greenings holiday show -- look for holiday plant hunts instead.