Tours, Field Trips + Resources

It's your park -- get to know it!

Shelby Farms Park is a living classroom, and the Park team can help you get to know it! Whether you want to take a guided tour, have a hands-on encounter or take a self-guided look around, we can help! Check out the links below to get started.


Custom Park Tours
Guided tours introduce visitors to the history of Shelby Farms Park and to the plans and amenities that are shaping its bright future. These tours are led by interpretive docents, and the programs can be customized to accommodate all abilities -- from highly activity walking tours to drive-through tours for groups with limited mobility. Tours must be scheduled in advance.

Arboretum Tours
Take a hands-on walking tour of the native tree species that call the Park, "home!" Guided arboretum tours provide an opportunity to see, touch and ask questions about these special trees. You can also explore the Arboretum on your own using this pamphlet designed by a local Boy Scout.

Tour Fees
Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to make a $25 suggested donation to help keep the Park clean, green and safe.

Ready to book a tour?
Please send an email to


Shelby Farms Park is an outdoor classroom, and field trips can be customized to help you bring traditional classroom lessons to life! Programs are led by a certified educator and/or interpretive docents, including certified naturalists.

Park Field Trips
Experience hands-on learning opportunities on the topics below! 

  • Buffalo Chat | Roam alongside Shelby Farms Park's herd!
  • Dig It! | Dig into local food systems and learn how to start a garden!
  • Insane Insects | Learn about native insects and what helps them survive!
  • Mysterious Mammals | Get to know the native mammals that call the Park, "home!"
  • Reptile's World | Learn about the role of reptiles in local food webs and learn to identify snakes!
  • Birds in the Park | Learn how birds fly, where native birds live and what they eat!
  • Wild Wetlands | Learn about this special habitat and it's role in the ecological restoration of Heart of the Park!
  • Don't see the topic you're looking for? Custom programs are available! 

Mobile Classroom
Can't make it to the Park? We can bring the Park to you! Mobile Classroom topics: Mysterious Mammals, Reptile's World and Insane Insects

Reservations for field trips and mobile classroom visits must be made at least 10 days in advance, and a $25 deposit is due at time of reservation. For more information and to reserve your field trip or mobile classroom visit, please contact Christina Fortenberry at or (901) 222-7265.


Junior Naturalist Notebook
This free resource was designed to help students and scouts get an up-close look at the plants and animals that call the Park's ecosystems, "home." Hard copies can be picked up in the First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center, or you can download a digital version here.

Scout Patches
The Shelby Farms Park fun patch is available for scouts of all levels! Patches are available for purchase ($1.50 each), and can be ordered via email at

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