Teacher and student programs

growing minds of all ages

PreK - K

Is This Alive?

Is it living or non-living? Using place-based education students will be able to develop a set of criteria for distinguishing between living and non-living things.

Pre K: LS: Explorations of Living Things

K: LS: Physical and Behavioral Traits of Living Things

In a Small, Small Pond

Learn about the water cycle and how important water is in daily life. After listening to the story In the Small, Small Pond  by Denise Fleming, explore the pond in Hershey Children's Garden. This investigation takes place outside in fall, spring and Summer. (April - Oct)

Pre K: LS: Explorations of Living Things

K: LS: Physical and Behavioral Traits of Living Things

Plants and Me

Plants surround us in our daily life. The clothes we wear, the food we eat and even the chairs we sit in come from plants. Explore the diversity of plants in our lives. (April - Oct)

Pre K: LS: Explorations of Living Things

K: LS: Physical and Behavioral Traits of Living Things

Plant Exploration

Use your senses to observe plants and their parts, sorting and describing them. Students will plant a seed and observe its growth.

Pre K: LS: Explorations of Living Things

K: LS: Physical and Behavioral Traits of Living Things

 

 
In a Small, Small Pond

Learn about the water cycle and how important water is in daily life. After listening to the story In the Small, Small Pond  by Denise Fleming, explore the pond in Hershey Children's Garden. This investigation takes place outside in fall, spring and Summer. (April - Oct)

1: LS: Basic Needs of Living Things

Plants and Me

Plants surround us in our daily life. The clothes we wear, the food we eat and even the chairs we sit in come from plants. Explore the diversity of plants in our lives (April - Oct).

1: LS: Basic Needs of Living Things

Plant Exploration

Use your senses to observe plants and their parts, sorting and describing them. Students will plant a seed and observe its growth.

1: LS: Basic Needs of Living Things

Poetry and Plants

Through reading and writing poetry while observing plants and trees, students will learn where plants acquire the material needed for growth.

1:LS: Basic Needs of Living Things

Butterflies in the Garden

Learn about the life cycle of butterflies while observing them in the Costa Rica habitat.

1: LS: Basic Needs of Living Things

 

 
Plants and Air

We are surrounded by air - but did you know how important it is for plants to help keep our air clean? Find out the role that plants play in removing pollutants using their roots, stems and leaves!

2: LS: Interactions within Habitats

2: ESS: The Atmosphere

Poetry and Plants

Through reading and writing poetry while observing plants and trees, students will learn where plants acquire the material needed for growth.

2: LS: Interactions within Habitats

Butterflies in the Garden

Learn about the life cycle of butterflies while observing them in the Costa Rica habitat.

2: LS: Interactions within Habitats

 

 
Soil - Not DIRT!

Why is soil so important? What makes it different from dirt? Get ready to get dirty and find out what soil is made from.

3: ESS: Earth's Recourses

Plant Parts

Plants need air, water, sunlight and nutrients to live and grow and have special structures to help them do that. We'll discuss these structures and locate them in the spiny desert and cloud forest. Each student will construct his or her own terrarium to take back to school and observe (please provide one 16 or 20 oz bottle for each student.)

3: LS: Behavior, Growth and Changes

Plants and Air

We are surrounded by air - but did you know how important it is for plants to help keep our air clean? Find out the role that plants play in removing pollutants by using their roots, stems and leaves!

3: LS: Behavior, Growth and Changes

3: ESS: Earth's Recourses 

 

 
Adaptations

Plants, animals and environments can change over time. Find out how the plants and animals of the spiny desert and cloud forest have adapted to live in these extreme conditions.

4: LS: Earth's Living History

Plant Parts

Plants need air, water, sunlight and nutrients to live and grow and have special structures to help them do that. We'll discuss these structures and locate them in the spiny desert and cloud forest. Each student will construct his or her own terrarium to take back to school and observe (please provide one 16 or 20 oz bottle for each student.)

4: LS: Earth's Living History

 

 
Food Chains and Food Webs

We will explore how organisms interact and ultimately obtain energy from the sun. Students will observe the plants and animals of the spiny desert and the cloud forest and find out how they all rely on each other for energy.

5: LS: Interactions within Ecosystems

Adaptations

Plants, animals and environments can change over time. Find out how the plants and animals of the spiny desert and cloud forest have adapted to live in these extreme conditions.

5: LS: Interactions within Ecosystems

 

 
Soil Study

Explore soil and rocks to discover their formations and properties. We will learn the properties of soil and discover why life depends on taking care of this valuable resource.

6: ESS: Rocks, Minerals and Soil

Plant Cells

Plants are made of cells. Investigate the organelles of a plant cell as you build a plant cell model.

6: LS: Cellular to Multicellular

 

 
Populations

Many factors affect the ability of wildlife to survive over time. Weather conditions, disease, predators, pollution and habitat destruction are some examples. Habitat is key to wildlife survival and population size. Students learn that organism numbers will be governed by the availability of habitat elements.

7: LS: Cycles of Matter and Flow of Energy

Symbiotic Relationships

Plants and animals interact with one another through symbiotic relationships, and some organisms have become so adapted to each other that neither could survive without the other. Students explore two vastly different biomes, unearthing some of the 'isms': mutualism, commensalism and parasitism.

7: LS: Cycles of Matter and Flow of Energy

Plant Pollination and Reproduction

Reproduction is necessary for a species to survive. Find out how the many ways plants have adapted for pollination to take place.

7: LS: Cycles of Matter and Flow of Energy

 

 
Populations

Many factors affect the ability of wildlife to survive over time. Weather conditions, disease, predators, pollution and habitat destruction are some examples. Habitat is key to wildlife survival and population size. Students learn that organism numbers will be governed by the availability of habitat elements.

8: LS: Species Reproduction

Symbiotic Relationships

Plants and animals interact with one another through symbiotic relationships, and some organisms have become so adapted to each other that neither could survive without the other. Students explore two vastly different biomes, unearthing some of the 'isms': mutualism, commensalism and parasitism.

8: LS: Species Reproduction

Plant Pollination and Reproduction

Reproduction is necessary for a species to survive. Find out how the many ways plants have adapted for pollination to take place.

8: LS: Species Reproduction

 

 
Plant Evolution

Students learn about a spiny desert and a cloud forest, focusing on the flora found in each. Based on leaf color, leaf size, flower color and shape, students evaluate the effects of water, light and soil on the plant life in these two biomes.

Citizen Science

Everyday, all around the world people are contributing to large scale science research projects on everything from birds and bugs, to plants and waterways. With no need for extensive training or complicated tools, anyone can become a citizen scientist. Learn how scientists are using data collected by everyday people to help solve mysteries, create laws protecting the environment, and discover new information. Then move outside to use a tool most of us have in our pockets - a smart phone - to collect data and contribute to a few different citizen science projects using mobile phone applications. Students will use their own devices. Data charges may apply.

Biomimicry

Biomimicry is a new area of science that studies nature's best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. Studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell is an example. "Innovation inspire by nature."

 

Homeschool Groups

Homeschool students or learning co-ops can participate in a monthly 1 hour program based on a wide variety of plant-related topics.

Independent Study
  • Self-guided visits to the Garden
  • Structure your visit around what your students are currently learning
  • We greet your class, introducing the gardens and Glasshouse and the plants and animals they will see
  • Self-guided scavenger hunts upon request
School Group Guided Tour (Grades K - 8)

Take a guided tour of the Botanical Garden using all your senses to explore the diverse beauty of plants. Tours are available between November and March and June - August, only.

Adaptive Programs

Children and adults with special needs may benefit from our specially designed adaptive programming. Special populations with a variety of learning challenges can participate in plant lessons created with their unique requirements in mind. Call us to discuss your group and additional programming details at 216.707.2841.

  • Sensory programs in the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse
  • Plants and Me investigations
  • Plant Parts investigations

All group visits require 4 weeks advanced notice. 50% deposit is due two weeks in advance, with the balance due the day of the visit.

For additional program options, please call 216.707.2821.