Children's Garden & Education

Discovery Programs for Elementary School Age Groups

 

Embark on a learning adventure in the Children’s Garden with our group education programs designed for children grades K-5. These active hands-on programs bring

plant science to life and reinforce SOL concepts and vocabulary. Class size is limited

to 25 students. Programs are available at 9:00, 10:15 and 11:30am Monday-Friday.

These programs can be reserved by contacting the Registrar's office at 804-262-9887 x322.

School Year 2013-14

Discovery Program Descriptions

Garden Explorers | KINDERGARTEN

Available throughout the school year

The sights, sounds, scents, textures and tastes of the garden come alive in this

sensory exploration of the Children’s Garden. Each child participates in hands-on

gardening activities. (Meets State Science SOL objective K.2)

Tree Traits | Kindergarten - 5th GRADE

Available throughout the school year

Through the careful study of the characteristic shape, color and texture of leaves,

bark, and seed pods, students learn basic skills for identifying trees. This program is

adapted to each grade level.

(Meets State Science SOL objectives K.8, K.9, 1.7, 2.7, 3.8, 4.4, and 5.5)

Seasons of the Powhatan | 2nd - 5th GRADE

Available Sept., Oct., Nov., Feb., March, April, May & through June 13

Students investigate the calendar of the Woodland Indians and learn how they

adapted their diet to seasonal changes. Students gather food from the trail, use

natural fibers to make rope, weave a reed mat, and play traditional games.

(Meets State History & Social Science SOL objectives VS.2 and VS.3, Science SOL objectives 1.7, 2.7, 3.8, 3.1, and 4.7)

Mother Nature’s Garden | 3rd – 5th GRADE

Available Sept., Oct., Nov., March, April, May & through June 13

Students discover habitat and species diversity as they investigate various plant

communities including a wetland, meadow, and forest. Students put the scientific

method into practice by making observations, measuring and collecting data and

forming hypotheses.

(Meets State Science SOL objective 3.6)

Small Sprouts to Garden Giants | 1ST GRADE

Available Sept., Oct., March, April, May & through June 13

Starting with an investigation of seeds and ending with a study of full-grown giants of

the plant world, students gain knowledge about the life process of plants. Each child

participates in hands-on gardening activities.

(Meets State Science SOL objectives 1.4 and 1.5)

Plants, What Good Are They? | 2nd GRADE

Available Sept., Oct., March, April, May & through June 13

Our interdependence with plants is emphasized as students learn more about how

plants make oxygen, and how we use plants for food, medicine and clothing. Each

child participates in hands-on gardening activities.

(Meets State Science SOL objectives 2.4 and 2.8)

Inside a Blossom | 4th GRADE

Available Sept., Oct., March, April, May & through June 13

Students discover the function of individual floral parts as they dissect a blossom,

examine the pistil and stamen, and touch the sticky stigma. Each child participates in

hands-on gardening activities.

(Meets State Science SOL objective 4.4)

Young Gardeners | 3rd - 5th GRADE

Available Sept., Oct., March, April, May & through June 13

There are many tasks required to start a garden and keep it growing and healthy.

Beginning with the right soil and seeds and ending with compost, students participate

in the cycle necessary to start, grow, and maintain a garden.

(Meets State Science SOL objectives 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.7, and 3.10)

 

Summer 2014

Discovery Program Descriptions

Summer programs are designed for children grades K-5. These hour-long programs are available at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00am Monday-Friday for groups of up to 25 students. One program is available per time slot. These programs can be reserved by contacting the Registrar's office at 804-262-9887 x322. Programs are $8 per child with one adult per five children admitted free. There is a minimum fee of $80 for groups of less than 10 students.

What’s Growing On? | June 16 - August
While winding through the Garden in search of weird and wonderful plants, students will discover leaves that recoil when touched, plants that lure and capture insects, and plants that are both useful and edible. As we explore, children will hypothesize on how such strange adaptations benefit these botanical curiosities.

Art Adventures | June 16 - August
Join us for a reflective walk through the Garden seeking a kaleidoscope of patterns, textures, colors, and shapes in nature. Children will obersve patterns in nature and develop weaving skills as they collect and use natural materials as art supplies. Each artist will have the opportunity to build an ephemeral (temporary) art sculpture in the Children’s Garden.

Life in a Forest | June 16 - August
From slimy slugs to clever raccoons, all life in the forest is inter-dependent. More than just a collection of trees, a forest ecosystem is a complex interaction of sunlight, rain, soil, air, plants and animals. Students will explore the different plant layers (canopy, understory, herb and forest floor) in the forest to discover animal homes and signs of animal activity.

 

Fun Facts about Summer Discovery Programs

 

 

Children's Garden Group Information Guide

Our Children's Garden Group Information Guide is REQUIRED reading for any group that wants to book a trip to the garden. It can be accessed here. Below are links to individual sections, but make sure to familiarize yourself with the entire document before booking your class.