field trip Information

School Tour Hours and Admission Rates:

Daily, 9:00am - 5:00pm; $7.50 Adults 13-up, $4.50 Children 5 - 12 years old; faculty and staff receive free admissions.

  • Student to Chaperone Ratio Requested: 30:1
  • Number of Students per Visit: Unlimited
  • Suggested Length of Time for Visit: 90 minutes for garden tour; one hour for factory tour
  • Handicapped Accessible: Yes
  • Grade Level Appropriate: 1st - 12th
  • Lunch Facilities: Picnic areas, vending machines, and a restaurant are available on-site.
  • Gift Shop: Yes
  • Bus Parking Available
  • Bag lunches available upon request

Tell Us about It!

Louisiana’s coastline, southwest of Baton Rouge, is dotted with five salt dome islands. The highest, at 163 feet, is Avery Island, home to the McIlhenny family for over 150 years. Fields of hot pepper plants, a salt mine, and the TABASCO® sauce plant are the historic industry stops on Avery Island. Jungle Gardens, however, is a man-made oasis that spans miles of tended gardens with imported color-camellias, azaleas, wisteria, bamboo, boxwood, and other exotic plant life. Trails traverse live oak forests, palm groves, marshes, and an historic bird rookery in this paradise. It was on Avery Island that Edmund McIlhenny’s son Edward, a naturalist and conservationist, helped save the snowy egret from extinction. Around 1895, when the bird was being hunted for its plumage, McIlhenny built an aviary on Avery Island and raised eight wild egrets there. Since then, thousands of egrets have migrated annually from South America to Avery Island’s Bird City.

What Can We See and Do There?

By foot, car, or bus, there is much to see in Jungle Gardens on Avery Island. Teachers can plan nature, industry, and archeology field trips. Groups may enjoy riding on the school bus or in chaperone-driven vehicles as they explore the web of gravel roads that lace the gardens and natural areas. Visitors can disembark at the easy nature trails and garden paths. If teachers plan to see it all, their students will see 11 different garden areas: Live Oak Trees, Marsh Trail, Long Lagoons, Buddha’s Temple, Wisteria Arch, Palm Garden, Camellia Garden, Bird City, Timber Bamboo, McIlhenny’s House, and the Sunken Gardens. Groups can take in a guided tour of the TABASCO®  factory that begins with an orientation film. Don’t forget to inquire about the archeological digs on Avery Island! Archeological digs have been going on for over five decades.

Louisiana State Educational Benchmarks and Standards

  • K-4th grades: S-1E-A1; LS-E-A1-4; LS-E-B1-3; LS-E-C1-3; SE-E-A1, 3, 5; G-1B-E1, 4; E-1A-E7-8; E-1B-E5; H-1C-E1-4
  • 5th-8th grades: LS-M-A3-4; LS-M-C1, 3-4; LS-M-D1-2; SE-M-A1-2, 4; G-1B-M1-4; G-1D-M3; E-1A-M1, 4; H-1D-M1-6
  • 9th-12th grades: LS-H-D4; SE-H-A1, 3, 8; SE-H-C1-5; G-1B-H1-4; E-1A-H2; E-1B-H6

What Can We Do in Class before Our Field Trip?

Try birding around the school grounds. Students can keep a bird-sighting journal and even try using binoculars. Keeping quiet and still is tough for kids first learning to set out on a nature trail! The practice will enhance their exploration in Jungle Gardens. Taste and talk about our region’s well-known hot sauce and discuss the TABASCO® industry’s local history. Call ahead for the site’s brochure and map/fact sheet.

Instructional Concepts

Louisiana flora and fauna, animal conservation, birds, mammals, historic and local Louisiana industry, geology, archeology