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 venture out on your own, 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. 

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 these topics:

  • Buffalo Chat | Roam alongside Shelby Farms Park's herd
  • Dig It! | Dig into local food systems and learn how to start a garden
  • Food Chains + Food Webs | Identify the roles of the Park's herbivores, omnivores and carnivores in a food web
  • 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 | Investigate the adaptations that help reptiles survive and learn to identify snakes
  • Birds in the Park | Learn how birds fly, where native birds live and what they eat
  • Habitats | Identify the variety of species that make their homes in the Park's lakes, ponds, forests and grasslands
  • Wild Wetlands | Learn about this special ecosystem and its 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 include: Food Chains + Food Webs, Habitats, Mysterious Mammals, Reptile's World

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, pricing and to reserve your field trip or mobile classroom visit, please contact Christina Fortenberry at or (901) 222-7265.

If you are interested in purchasing Shelby Farms Park souvenirs for your field trip group, please contact Dirk Kitterlin at (901) 222-7295 or at


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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