Schools and Outreach

All Clarke County School pre-K students visit the garden each year through the Experience UGA program.

Education at the garden enriches the curriculums of schools across the state of Georgia. The garden conducts instructional field trips that address state standards, lends materials for self-guided children’s programs, provides resources and programming for science nights, and hosts after-school activities with an environmental focus. A variety of professional development opportunities for educators are also offered throughout the year.

Adventure Packs

The Garden Adventure Packs provide self-guided field trip options for youth leaders and home school groups. Each pack contains maps and supplies for hands-on science activities, plant hunts and forest explorations to be completed in different areas of the garden. The Garden Earth Adventure Pack is tailored for pre-K to sixth grade students and focuses on the importance of plants, soil and water. The Rainforest Adventure Pack is suited for all ages and includes hands-on activities in our Tropical Conservatory.

Adventure packs are $20 and you must leave a driver’s license until packs are retuned. Programs must be completed within three hours. For more information or to make a reservation, contact our education department at 706-583-0894 or bwboone@uga.edu.

Home School Programming

One of our newest offerings for students and parents is our home school series. With curriculum geared towards elementary school science objectives, this series connects youth to the natural wonders that surround us. Students meet with our education staff once a month to explore concepts involving our gardens, trails, streams and wildlife.

Monthly instruction will vary, but students can expect to participate in hands-on activities, such as picking vegetables, building bird feeders, testing stream ecology and more.

For more information, contact Children’s Program Manager Berkeley Boone at 706-583-0894 or bwboone@uga.edu.

Field Trips

Garden field trips are available during the school year on Tuesday through Friday mornings. Each field trip option includes hands-on activities to guide learners through our gardens, collections and natural areas.

All field trips are correlated to the Georgia Performance Standards and include pre- and post-trip activities. There is a minimum of $80 per field trip, and all teachers, parents and chaperons attend for free. We currently offer eight field trips to choose from. Programs are tailored for students in pre-K through 12th grade and range from 1.5-3 hours.

For more information on field trips available, click here.

To reserve and pay for your trip, click here.

For questions, contact our education department at 706-583-0894 or bwboone@uga.edu.

Poster Contest: Give Wildlife a Chance

Each year the State Botanical Garden co-sponsors a poster contest with the Non-Game Endangered Wildlife Program of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The contest provides an opportunity for teachers to introduce their students to Georgia’s native plants and animals. Any student in grade K-5 enrolled in a public, private or home school association is eligible to participate.

Posters must portray Georgia non-game (not legally hunted, trapped or fished) wildlife interacting with plants. Artwork is judged at the local school level in four divisions: kindergarten, first and second grades, third and fourth grade and fifth grade. Winners of these local contests are mailed to the garden for entry in the state-level competition. The first place statewide winners’ artwork will be featured on a calendar that is distributed to schools and Garden Earth Naturalist Ecology Clubs throughout Georgia. Updated rules, guidelines and entry deadlines are posted each November.

For more information, click here.

Endangered Plant Stewardship Network Educator Training

The Endangered Plant Stewardship Network (EPSN) enables Georgia students to care for endangered plants on their school site. The education staff has worked closely with the research and conservation staff at the Garden to develop this program. The professional development component for educators emphasizes rare plants, threatened habitats and conservation biology as a training ground for science education. 1-2 PLUs are awarded upon completion of the workshop.

Click here to visit the EPSN website.