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Elementary School Workshops

       

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Biomes and Plant Communities

Recommended for grades 3-5. These are 2 hour workshops.

Explore plants and the ecology of biomes around the world. Discover how plants and their parts have adapted in order to survive in the desert or tropical rainforest. Students create a model environment for further study. Please select one theme per workshop.

  • Rainforest Terrarium — models the rainforest water cycle with tropical plants
  • Desert Dish Garden — demonstrates the unique adaptations of cacti and succulents
  • Asian Dish Garden — focuses on cultural expression through the landscape

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $150 per class + $8 per student ($5 per student for Propagation Activity)
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $130 per class + $8 per student ($5 per student for Propagation Activity)

Bugging Out

Recommended for all ages.

Are all bugs insects? What makes an insect an insect? Identify insect body plans using diagrams and models, discuss the interdependency of insects and plants, explore how their characteristics enable them to survive, and discover garden critters that are beneficial and harmful in our garden community. Students take home a flower planting.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

City Safari

Recommended for grades 3-5.

Cities are rough places for plants to survive -- reflected sun bakes like a desert, skyscrapers make shadows miles long, pavement isn't a great source of nutrients and streams of water are only found on the way to the sewer.  In this workshop, students meet the plants that excel at living in cities, explore their adaptations, collect them like scientists do on research expdeditions, and preserve them in herbaria to take home a record.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Color Me Autumn

 

Recommended for all grades.  Available late September - early November.

We all begin to adapt to the chill in the air, and there are many changes occurring in our garden environment as well. Observe how plants and animals are preparing for winter and discover how the life cycle of a plant ties into seasonal patterns and changes. Includes a leaf collage to take home.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Dr. George Washington Carver

Recommended for grades 3-5.

Called the “Wizard of Tuskegee,” Dr. George Washington Carver made significant contributions in the field of botany. Learn how plants played a very important role in his early life and about his later achievements in botany, agriculture, chemurgy, botanical illustration, industrial engineering and medicine.  Paint with plants, care for and plant a peanut to take home for further observation.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Growing Together

Recommended for grades 3-5.  This is a 2 hour workshop.

A unique multicultural offering. Plants, like people, come from many different regions and countries throughout the world. Colorful displays of plants and food bring students on a world journey discovering the origins of plants we eat every day. Students examine a map to determine the origins of the fruit they explored and tasted, and plant a “little world in a pot” with plants from 5 continents.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Honeybees

 

Recommended for all grades.

Explore the life cycle of honeybees and the flowers with which they cooperate. Students focus on the unusual life cycle and social organization of honeybees through observation of active beehives and bees foraging in our Garden.  A beekeeping demonstraton with a honey tasting concludes the workshop.  Make a beeswax candle to take home with you (optional with additional fee).

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Making Scents of Plants

 

Recommended for all grades.

Flowers are not the only part of the plant that can have a beautiful fragrance. Discover how plants evolved to use scents to communicate with the world and how people have used them.  Students examine different botanical potpourri elements, then create and follow their own recipe to take a sample home.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $150 per class + $6 per student
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $130 per class + $6 per student

Plants & Animals

Recommended for all grades.

Plants and animals need each other in many ways. Investigate the food chain and food web and the ways that living things rely on each other in order to survive in the garden community. Includes a seed planting to take home.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Plants in the Lives of the First Americans

Recommended for grades 3-5.  Available October, late March-May.

Discover the importance of plants as they relate to American history. Identify needs shared by all people and how the first Americans used plants to fill those needs. Students use field guides to recognize, identify, and learn about edible wild plants on a food foraging tour and make a tasty “wild” salad.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $200 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $180 per class

Plants We Eat!

Recommended for all grades.

Do you eat your fruits and vegetables? Explore plant parts, identify their functions, and discover which of these parts we eat. Includes a seed planting to take home.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

Trees & Me

Recommended for all grades.

Trees provide us with wood, food, and paper and help our environment in many ways. Explore the life cycle of a tree and what it needs to grow while determining the role trees play in our daily lives. Plant a tree seed to take home and watch grow.

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $175 per class
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $150 per class

A Worm in the City

Recommended for grades 3-5.

Meet earthworms and other decomposers to learn about their role in our world through hands-on investigation of the garden and a worm bin. Students explore how humans use recycling and compostng to mimic nature's way of dealing with waste.  Take a worm bin back to your classroom to continue the explorations and post-trip learning (optional with additional fee).

PEAK PRICING (April 1-Oct. 31): $150 per class + $50 worm bin set up (optional)
OFF PEAK PRICING (Nov. 1-March 31): $130 per class + $50 worm bin set up (optional)

 

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