Adventure Packs

Learning at the Garden

The Garden Adventure Packs provide a wonderful self-guided field trip option 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. There is a $20 charge and three hour time limit for all packs. A driver's license must be left behind until the packs are returned. The Garden Earth Adventure Pack is for pre-K to sixth grade and focuses on the importance of plants, soil and water. The Rainforest Adventure Pack is an exploration of our tropical Conservatory and is filled with hands-on activities

Field Trips

Bring your School to the Garden

Garden field tips 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; pre and post trip activities are provided. There is a minimum of $80 per field trip, and all teachers, parents and chaperons attend for free. We currently offer 8 Field trip topic areas that cover students from Pre-K through 12th grade, and program lengths range from 1.5 hours to 3 hours. Download our Field Trip form for trip details and registration information.

We have 8 different field trips to choose from. You can reserve a date for your field trip online or just download a form for more information on each of our field trips. If you have any questions, email us at sbgeduc@uga.edu.

Garden Earth Naturalist

In-school & After-school Clubs

For teachers and elementary children alike, Garden Earth Naturalists serves as an entry point into a nature-rich context for building ecological understandings. Activities, including ecology investigations, hands-on gardening, puppetry and storytelling, engage youth, grades K-6, as they introduce science concepts. Activities also instill a ‘sense of place’ in learners as they care for food gardens, investigate local soils, insects, pollinators and more. The project helps children understand earth’s ecosystems, value the eco-services provided by these ecosystems; and take positive actions to protect nature right on their school site. GEN supports teachers and other educators both in school and after-school settings with workshops, curricula that address state standards and teaching kits.

Certificate in Native Plants

For Teachers

The Certificate in Native Plants program (CNP) offers teachers and other committed individuals a comprehensive series of short courses in identi-fication, cultivation, propagation, ecology, and conservation of native Georgia plants. With an emphasis on participatory learning, the short courses are designed to provide a supportive and challenging learning atmosphere for adults. Participants will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of native plants in a broad context.

Teacher-participants can start CNP at any time and take up to two years to complete the program. Following each session, participants will com-plete a reflection sheet that ties the course or activity to your learners. Upon completion of the CNP requirements, each teacher-participant will submit a portfolio of reflection sheets, a school site service project plan with photos, and a lesson plan.

Our Shared Forest

Education Training

Our international migratory bird partnership, Our Shared Forests (OSF), promotes stewardship of earth's resources while highlighting sustainability issues in Georgia and Ecuador. This multicultural environmental education program provides lesson plans, Science Nights kits and opportunities for fundraising with shade grown, fair-trade coffee. Neotropical migratory birds, the forests they share in common and the importance of intact habitat on both continents are highlighted in the education resources. One PLU is awarded upon completion of the workshop.

Poster Contest

Give Wildlife A Chance

Each year the Garden co-sponsors a poster contest with the Non-Game Endangered Wildlife Program of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The contest provides an excellent opportunity for teachers to introduce their students to Georgia's native plants and animals. Any student in grades 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 grades and fifth grade. Winners of these local contests are mailed to the Botanical 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.

Science Nights

A fun night of learning at your School

Family Science Nights gets kids and parents together to work on simple, inquiry-based science activities. We have two Family Science Night kits available on loan: the Garden Earth Naturalist (GEN) kit and the Our Shared Forests (OSF) kit. Each kit contains twenty-five activities. The GEN kit helps third through sixth graders understand their school site ecosystem and value what it provides. The kit's hands-on activities address pollination, soil production, climate control, food production, biodiversity, water purification and more. The OSF kit contains supplies and posters to conduct twenty-five interactive stations. Local units of the Georgia PTA, other parent volunteer groups and teachers can plan and sponsor an OSF Science Night at their school.

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.

Contact Our Education Department

For Information about programs, courses and registration.

(706) 542-6156
sbgeduc@uga.edu

Anne Shenk

Director of Education

Cora Keber

Education Coordinator

Berkeley Boone

Children's Program Manager