Middle & High School Programs

Plan a field trip or school visit to the Garden and embark on a learning adventure with your students grades 6-12. These inquiry-based programs bring plant science to life and reinforce SOL concepts and vocabulary. Class size is limited to 25 students. Reserve a program by contacting the Children’s Education Assistant at (804) 262-9887 x322. Our Children’s Garden Group Information Guide is REQUIRED reading for any group that wants to schedule a trip to the garden. Familiarize yourself with the guide before bringing your group.

  • Programs are 1.5 hours and are offered Monday-Friday at 9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • One program available per time slot. Up to 25 students per program.
  • Cost is $14 per student; minimum group charge is $140.
  • One adult per five students is required to assist during the guided program time and admitted free of charge. This includes the teacher(s).
  • Additional adults are $13 and are asked to enjoy the Garden on their own during the guided program time.

Available Programs

Sustainable Gardening | 6th – 12th Grade

Available throughout the year

Plants play the vital roles of cleansing the air we breathe, regulating water cycles and supporting food webs in all ecosystems. By implementing sustainable gardening techniques, we can work in harmony with nature to maintain the environmental balance plants provide us.  Students explore compost communities, examine soil components and observe various plant adaptations in order to consider the importance of future conservation policies.

Forestry Fundamentals | 6th – 12th Grade

Available throughout the year

A forest is a complex system of interacting living and non-living elements that performs many important ecological processes. As students examine the structure of a forest habitat, they discover the vital ecosystem services that these land areas provide to humans. Students observe and measure several indicators of forest health including tree growth and condition, species diversity, and soil quality, as well as discuss the impact of human activities on the overall resiliency, productivity, and sustainability of a forest.

Classification and Taxonomy | 6th – 12th Grade

Available throughout the year

Every year, new plant species are discovered. How do botanists know the name of a plant they encounter and whether it is a new discovery?  Students learn introductory classification skills and apply them in the garden using dichotomous keys to identify trees. Students compare distinguishing characteristics of various tree species by examining leaves to see if they are lobed, toothed, simple, compound, scaly or needle-like.

East Meets West  | 6th – 12th Grade

Available throughout the year

North American and East Asian climates are remarkably similar. Our plants are also similar, but traditions, mythologies and healing practices vary considerably. Students compare Eastern and Western botanical histories through exploration of the Asian Valley and the European-inspired Central Garden. Students then collaborate to design a new garden space to reflect their own varied backgrounds and perspectives.