Tours and Workshops

Make Caponi Art Park Your Classroom

Touring and discovering the Park grounds is an integral part of the Caponi Art Park experience. While individuals, families, and groups can explore the park on their own, experiencing a guided tour and art activity will enrich your groups’ understanding and experience of the history, art, and environment of Caponi Art Park.

Tours can be scheduled by calling the office Monday through Friday at 651-454-9412. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave a message with your name, phone number, group association, interested date(s), and program interest, and we will return your call as soon as possible.

We recommend scheduling tours at least one month prior to your intended visit. Tour availability is on a first come first serve basis.

In order to ensure the best visit for your group, we have developed a group tour policy. Please review this information prior to scheduling your visit.

Explore Your Options

Guided Park Tours    |   Art Activities   |   Self-Guided Tours    |   Accessible Guided Tours

PREPARE FOR YOUR DAY



Guided Park Tours

  • Tours last 45-60 minutes
  • All ages are welcome
  • Tours can be developed and adapted to meet your group’s accessibility and educational needs
  • Tours are available Tuesday through Friday, May through October with both morning and afternoon time slots available
  • Tours can accommodate up to 70 people


Art Activities

Supplemental art activities enhance the tour experience and are available for an additional fee. Participants will create their own work of art by using the sights, sounds, textures and products of nature for sources of inspiration. Our trained tour guides and art instructors will lead your group through the creation of one of a kind art projects.

Explore our various art activity options! Looking for something different? Contact us at 651-454-9412 to discuss customizable options for your group!

Additional Information

  • Activities last 30-60 minutes (Plus 60 minute tour)
  • All art activities take place outdoors
  • Art activities can get messy, please dress accordingly
  • Suitable for ages 4 and up


Self-Guided Tours

To enhance your experience, hand-held park maps and self-guided tour guidebooks are available for checkout at the park. Our tour guidebooks will explain the history of the Art Park as well as information on the art work.

Informal groups of 30 or fewer people are welcome to explore the park on their own, but are required to call 651-454-9412 to reserve a spot on the park’s tour schedule. We’ll let you know at that time if the park will be busy with park docent-led tours which may take away from your groups’ experience.

Groups of more than 30 people are required to schedule a guided tour.


Accessible Golf Cart Tours

During a golf cart tour of the sculpture garden, participants will have the opportunity to visit the majority of the locations available on our guided tours. Time will be allowed for participants to explore the sculptures on and off the golf cart if desired. Our golf carts can accommodate up to five passengers (for a total of 10 passengers). Due to the additional staff needed for a golf cart tour, additional charges apply.

In order to participate in our golf cart tours, individuals should be capable of stepping on and off of the cart, and feel comfortable touring the grounds in a moving vehicle. Tours are available for mixed groups consisting of some individual group members utilizing the golf cart and some participating in a walking guided tour of the grounds.

Use of the golf carts are not available for the public other than with a tour reservation or for our regularly scheduled performances.


Pricing

Guided Tours

  • $4 per participant (Group leaders are free.)
  • 10 person minimum or $40 minimum charge
  • $20 reservation fee required to secure your visit. Fee credited towards final tour payment. See Group Tour Policy for more details.

Art Activities
$6 to $14 per participant (Price includes the cost of the tour.)

Self-Guided Park Tours for individuals and groups of less than 30

  • No admission fee. Donations are appreciated.
  • Groups are required to call (651) 454-9412 to reserve a spot on the park’s tour schedule.
  • Groups of more than 30 people are required to schedule a guided tour.

Accessible Guided Tours

  • $4 per participant (Group leaders are free.)
  • 10 person minimum or $40 minimum charge
  • $20 reservation fee required to secure your visit. Fee put towards final payment. Payment due at time of reservation. See Group Tour Policy for more details.
  • $20 additional charge per golf cart used.


Chaperone Guide

We require at least one chaperone for every 10 students. A chaperone is an adult over the age of 21. Since larger tour groups will be divided into smaller subgroups, having at least one chaperone per group ensures a great learning experience for all participants.

Chaperones must stay with their students at all times and are responsible for the conduct of the students they are accompanying. While our tour guides may serve as the source for rules and expectations of groups, their main focus is to provide the tour and/or art activity information necessary for your group’s learning experience. The ability of chaperones to assist in monitoring the conduct of your group will help us provide the best experience possible on your group’s visit.

Please download our Chaperone Guide and provide to your chaperones to review before coming to Caponi Art Park.

Field Trip Tips

  • Review the rules and expectations of Caponi Art Park with your students before your visit. This allows for as much time as possible for your group to explore the park.
  • For groups over 15 participants: Your field trip contact will inform you to split your group into smaller subgroups and the amount of smaller groups necessary. Please prepare by assigning groups to your students before your visit.
  • Unless otherwise directed, please keep your group in one area at a time.
  • The park is open to the public during group tour visits, please be aware that there may be other visitors in the park.

Caponi Art Park Manners

  • Respect others in your group and other park visitors.
  • Pushing or fighting to get to the front of the line will not be tolerated.
  • On tours, please walk – no running.
  • You can touch the sculptures at the park, but please only use your hands. Exception is the moss on the snake sculpture.
  • Please do not climb on any of the parks landscapes or walls.
  • Please stay on the trail and follow directions from your tour guide while on your tour.
  • While on the tour, please listen while your guide is talking, so that everyone in your group can hear. We will always reserve time for questions or comments.
  • Teachers and chaperones must stay with their groups at all time.
  • Please be respectful of other’s opinions about the art work.

In the infrequent event that a student’s behavior is disruptive to others, Caponi Art Park staff will ask for additional assistance from teachers and chaperones in the group. In an extreme situation, Art Park staff reserves the right to ask the student(s) to leave the Art Park. 


What to Expect on Your Visit

One of our tour guides will meet you in our parking lot upon your arrival. We suggest arriving 10-15 minutes before your group’s scheduled time. This will allow for time to group all students and walk over to the sculpture garden area.

After walking to the sculpture garden, your tour guides will provide a welcome and brief overview of the rules and expectations of Caponi Art Park. After the rules and expectations, your group will split into its smaller subgroups if necessary.

Tours will be conducted for approximately one hour depending on the age of your group’s participants. Upon completing the tour, all groups will meet back at the welcome area to either leave the Art Park, begin your art activity (approximately one hour), or eat lunch on the premises.

Please note that with large groups or with specific activities, the activity may come before the tour takes place.

Once your entire group visit is complete, one of our tour guides will escort the group back to the parking lot.
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