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K-12 Teacher-Guided Visits

The teacher-guided tour option provides you with the greatest amount of flexibility. You may explore at your own pace and determine what best meets the needs of your students. Teacher-guided groups have access to the Museum of Art, including special exhibitions; Circus Museum, Tibbals Learning Center; Ca' d'Zan and Bayfront Gardens.

What You Need to Know...

► Reservations must be made 2 weeks prior to your visit.
► Visits are available on Tuesday through Saturday; year-round. 
► Visits are free and available for groups of 10+ students
► 2 chaperones are required for every 10 students.
Please note: All school visits and tours must be confirmed in advance by The Ringling Education Dept. It may take up to two weeks to receive your confirmation. If you do not receive a confirmation, contact schooltours@ringling.org at least one week before your visit.

 

Teacher-Guided Resources

 
Growing at the Ringling
Grades: K-12 | Venue: Bayfront Gardens | Length: 60 minutes

Science and art blend together on this teacher-guided tour through the Bayfront Gardens! Students will experience four gardens on our 66 acres of beautiful grounds. The worksheets below incorporate science, math, language arts, and visual arts standards for a multi-disciplinary STEAM tour of the gardens. Each student workbook is accompanied by a teacher guide for chaperones, parents, and teachers to follow along. This program makes a great addition to both docent-led tours and teacher-guided visits, encouraging students to look and learn as you travel throughout the grounds.

Teacher Guides: K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12 

Student Workbooks: K-2 3-5 6-8  9-12

​Ca' d'Zan 
Grades: K-12 | Venue: Ca' d'Zan | Time: 10 AM only

On the following teacher-guided tour students will see history come alive as they explore the first floor of Ca' d'Zan, the Ringlings’ winter residence. They will find connections between this historic home and Florida life in the Roaring Twenties. This tour provides a unique opportunity to see inside the life of a couple who helped shape state and local history. Please note: Your group must arrive by 9:30 AM for a 10:00 AM entry to Ca' d'Zan. 

We Ran Away with the Circus! 
Grade 2 only | Circus Museum Visit + Performance

This teacher-guided tour option, is designed exclusively for 2nd grade classes, and is offered in partnership with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota. Students will experience both an in-school performance by real circus stars and a self-guided visit to The Ringling to view circus history first-hand. In doing so, they'll practice skills in math, social studies, language arts, and visual art while getting to know some of the entertaining cast of characters you find in a circus.  A Teacher Guide with pre- and post-visit materials is available, and workbooks are provided to students who participate in the two part program.

Note: Teachers should schedule the in-school performance by contacting Karen Bell with the Circus Arts Conservatory at karen@circusarts.org

 

Schedule Your Visit

► Submit  Your Tour Request
► Reservations are not final until you receive a confirmation email from the Education Department.
► To change or cancel an existing reservation, contact Education at 941-359-5700 x3705 or schooltours@ringling.org. If you have a last minute cancellation call Advance Sales at at 941-358-3180.
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