School and Youth Group Programs 2018-06-21T19:52:57+00:00

SCHOOL AND YOUTH GROUP PROGRAMS

Tower Hill Botanic Garden offers a wide range of educational programs to engage children ages four and up in hands-on outdoor learning. From gardens to trails, there is so much to discover in our outdoor classroom. Whether you are a school, youth, or scout group, your visit to Tower Hill will be a memorable, educational, and fun!

Reservations
To schedule a school or youth group program, please fill out this form or email youtheducation@towerhillbg.org. Please book your program at least two weeks advance. We recommend you book spring school programs at least two months in advance.

We will begin accepting requests for Spring 2019 field trips after January 1st, 2019.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Our programs are for Pre-K to Grade 4 and meet the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering curriculum standards. The cost for school programs is $10 per student and includes admission. There is a minimum fee of $100 per group. Chaperones are admitted free. We can accommodate groups of up to 60 students.

Seasons in Nature (PreK-K)
Just as the weather changes throughout the seasons, people, animals, and plants all change their behavior accordingly. Together we’ll explore how things change from one season to the next through story reading, hands-on activities, and a short outdoor exploration.

Program length: 60 Minutes

Standards:

● PreK-LS1-3. Use their five senses in their exploration and play to gather information.
● PreK-LS2-2. Using evidence from the local environment, explain how familiar plants and animals meet their needs where they live.
● K-LS1-1. Observe and communicate that animals (including humans) and plants need food, water, and air to survive. Animals get food from plants or other animals. Plants make their own food and need light to live and grow.
● K-LS1-2. Recognize that all plants and animals grow and change over time.

What is a Plant? (PreK-K)
From trees to tomatoes we’ll explore plants of all different shapes and sizes through story reading, hands-on activities, and a short outdoor exploration.

Program length: 60 Minutes

Standards:

● PreK-LS1-3. Use their five senses in their exploration and play to gather information.
● PreK-LS2-1. Use evidence from animals and plants to define several characteristics of living things that distinguish them from non-living things.
● PreK-LS2-2. Using evidence from the local environment, explain how familiar plants and animals meet their needs where they live.
● K-LS1-1. Observe and communicate that animals (including humans) and plants need food, water, and air to survive. Animals get food from plants or other animals. Plants make their own food and need light to live and grow.
● K-LS1-2(MA). Recognize that all plants and animals grow and change over time.

Plant Parts Investigation (Grade 1)
On this field-trip students learn about the parts of a plant by dissecting and observing live plants to understand how they function and what they need to survive and engage in a guided garden exploration.

Program length: 90 Minutes

Standards:

● 1-LS1-1. Use evidence to explain that plants have roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits that are used to take in water, air, and other nutrients, and produce food for the plant.
● 1-LS3-1. Use information from observations (first-hand and from media) to identify similarities and differences among individual plants or animals of the same kind.

What is an Ecosystem? (Grade 2)
To understand and explore ecosystems students will participate in a guided nature walk along on of the trails at Tower Hill identifying and collecting data on the features of different habitats. Program length: 90 minutes

Standards:

● 2-LS2-3(MA). Develop and use models to compare how plants and animals depend on their surroundings and other living things to meet their needs in the places they live.
● 2-LS4-1. Use texts and local environments to observe and compare (a) different kinds of living things in an area, and (b) differences in the kinds of living things living in different types of areas.

Life Cycle of a Plant (Grade 3)
Students will learn how plants grow and change during their life cycles through observations of plants in the gardens and will plant their own seeds to take home.

Program length: 90 minutes

Standards:

● 3-LS1-1. Different organisms have unique and diverse life cycles. All organisms have birth, growth, reproduction, and death in common but there are a variety of ways in which these happen.

Parts of a Plant (Grade 4)
Through dissections of plants and flowers, students on this field trip students will explore the function of the different parts of a plant and will make comparisons between different plant structures.

Program length: 90 minutes

Standards:

  • 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants have internal and external structures that support their survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

We welcome groups of all kinds including summer camps, clubs, and youth organizations. Come to the Garden for a fun, engaging, and educational learning experience.

Succulent Terrarium Planting (Ages 8+)

Learn the basics about soil, light and plant care while getting your hands dirty making your own small terrarium to take home.
Program length: 90 Minutes
Cost: $15 per participant, includes admission. One chaperone for every 5 participants is admitted free. Additional chaperones are charged the group admission rate.
Group size: we can accommodate groups of up to 25 participants per program

Terrific Trees (All ages)
Take a closer look at the common trees of Massachusetts and some of our special garden collections on this guided Garden walk.
Program length: 60 Minutes
Cost: Admission + $100 per group
Group size: we can accommodate groups of up to 25 participants (adults and children) per program

Eco Exploration (All ages)
Explore the different natural and cultivated habitat at Tower Hill on this guided Garden walk.
Program length: 60 Minutes
Cost: Admission + $100 per group
Group size: we can accommodate groups of up to 25 participants (adults and children) per program

SCOUT PROGRAMS
Program length: 90 minutes.
Availability: April-October
Cost: $15 per scout. Includes youth admission. One chaperone for every 5 participants admitted free. Additional chaperones are charged the group admission rate.
Group size: 25

Brownies

Garden Senses
Explore and investigate the smells, tastes and sights of the botanic gardens on a sensory exploration. Through a garden scavenger hunt, vegetable tasting and exploration of bird calls, participants will learn about how gardens are a world of fascination for our senses while working on your Senses Badge (not included).

Juniors

Go Gardening
Visit beautiful Tower Hill Botanic Garden and earn all the requirements of the Gardener Badge (not included). Learn about garden design and imagine your own dream garden. Find out how to choose plants that will do well in your garden and how to plant them. Plant seeds for experimenting and to grow in your own outdoor garden. Pot up a houseplant to take home and grow an indoor garden, too!

Flower Power
In spring, flowers are everywhere at Tower Hill Botanic Garden! Get an up-close look at an individual flower and take it apart to see all its parts. Then tour the gardens to look for more flowers and their insect pollinators. Make a bookmark with pressed flowers to take home and a bouquet for your favorite adult. Earn most of the requirements for the Flowers Badge (not included).

Wolf Scouts

Grow Something: Elective Adventure
Complete the requirements of this elective adventure through hands-on activities and a guided exploration of our gardens and trails with a qualified instructor. Learn about local trees and plant something to take home.

Webelos

Into the Woods: Arrow of Light Elective Adventure
Complete the requirements of this elective adventure through hands-on activities and a guided exploration of our gardens and trails with a qualified instructor. Learn about local trees and plant something to take home.

Cancellation Policy
Please contact youtheducation@towerhillbg.org or call 508.869.6111, as soon as possible of any decision to postpone, reschedule or cancel your program. A full refund will be returned if the cancellation is made at least two weeks before the date of the program. Cancellations less than two weeks before the program date will forfeit 50% of the program fee (exceptions will be made if cancellation is due to inclement weather and mutually agreed upon).

Questions?
Please contact the Manager of Youth Education at youtheducation@towerhillbg.org.