Field trips enrich the curriculum and are an integral part of a student's advancement through the program. The Baltimore/Washington metro area is a prime location for the Institute as it offers many unique resources, including easy access to the National Arboretum, the Library of Congress, the United States Botanical Garden Conservatory, the National Institute of Health's Library of Medicine, as well as local farms and garden centers.
In addition to local field trips, students will travel to Rutland, Ohio to visit the United Plant Savers Sanctuary and the native environment of some of the most important indigenous medicinal plants of the United States. Students will spend 4-5 days working intimately with natural plant communities, improving their field botany skills, developing an awareness of the importance of preserving natural plant communities, and manufacturing extracts. The site of the sanctuary is approximately six hours from the Tai Sophia campus. Students may opt to camp or pay for lodging. The cost of lodging and activities are covered in the program tuition.