Teacher and Student Programs

Teacher and Student Programs

Designed to inspire growing minds of all ages

Self-Guided Visit - All Grade Levels
A self-guided visit to the Cleveland Botanical Garden allows you to enjoy the Garden at your own pace, structure your visit around what your students are currently learning, as well as adhere to the unique learning style of your class. Group leaders and chaperones will be provided with maps and information on rules and special exhibits.

Garden Variety Tour - All Grade Levels
Come experience a little bit of everything on a Garden Variety Tour. Lead by a school group guide, you will visit the glasshouses, outdoor gardens, and any current special exhibits. Duration – 1 hour

Sensory Tour - K-Grade 6 (March- October only)
Experience the outdoor gardens using all five of your senses. Students will see beautiful gardens, smell fresh blooms, touch fuzzy leaves, hear buzzing insects, and even taste fresh herbs. Duration – 1 hour

Is it Alive? - PreK-K
Students will develop a set of criteria for distinguishing between living and non-living things while exploring the unique ecosystems in our indoor glasshouses and/or outdoor gardens. Students will review the basic needs of living organisms and discover the importance of both living and non-living things within a habitat. Duration – 1 hour

Plant Exploration - PreK- Grade 1
Students will explore plants and their various parts as they move through sensory stations that include planting a seed to take home and observe. After, students will visit the Hershey Children’s Garden (March-October) and/or the glasshouses to discover more about plants. Duration – 1 hour

Plants & Me - K-Grade 2
Discover the diverse ways in which people use plants in everyday life; from cotton for clothing to flour for bread. Then, plant a seed to take home that will grow in to a plant used for clothing, food, or beauty. After, explore the Hershey Children’s Garden (March-October) and/or the glasshouses to find examples of plants that people use. Duration – 1 hour

Butterflies in the Garden - K-Grade 2
Discover the wondrous life cycle of a butterfly and then observe each stage first-hand in the Costa Rica glasshouse. Duration – 1 hour

Soil Not Dirt – Grades 2-3
Students will move through hands-on stations to discover why soil is so much more than just dirt. Then, visit the Madagascar and Costa Rica glasshouses to discover the difference soil can make in an ecosystem. Duration - 1 hour

Plant Parts – Grades 3-6
Students will learn about plant parts and their functions as they construct their own terrarium to take home for observation. Then, visit the Madagascar and Costa Rica glasshouses to compare and contrast plants that live in these vastly different and extreme environments. We will provide a set of plastic bottles that are prepared for your class to use. Duration – 1.5 hours; Price--$7 a student

Adaptations – Grades 4-5
Visit the Madagascar and Costa Rica glasshouses to discover the unique and interesting ways plants and animals have adapted to live in these vastly different and extreme environments. Duration – 1.5 hours

Food Chains and Food Webs – Grades 5-6
Explore how organisms interact and ultimately obtain energy from the sun. After reviewing the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers, students will create a life-sized food web to illustrate energy flow through an ecosystem. Then, visit the glasshouses to see food webs in action. Duration – 1 hour

Symbiotic Relationships – Grades 6-8
Visit the Madagascar Spiny Desert and the Costa Rica Cloud Forest to discover amazing and complex examples of mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism. Duration – 1.5 hours

Plant Pollination and Reproduction – Grades 7-9
Reproduction is the key to the survival of a species. Plants require pollen to get from one flower to another in order to reproduce. Being unable to move, plants have adapted in many unique and interesting ways to ensure pollination takes place. Explore these adaptations in our glasshouses and outdoor gardens. Duration – 1.5 hours

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All group visits require three weeks advanced notice.

To register your group and for additional information, please call 216.707.2841.