SCHOOL AND YOUTH GROUP PROGRAMS

Tower Hill Botanic Garden offers a wide range of educational programs to engage children of all ages in hands-on experiential 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 memorable, educational, and fun! All programs are 90 minutes in length and are designed to align with Scout badge requirements and Next Generation Science and Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering curriculum standards. See our offsite program section to bring the magic of Tower Hill to your classroom or youth organization!

PRICING
The fee for guided school and youth programs is $11 per child and includes the cost of admission unless otherwise noted. The fee for scout programs is $15 per child. We are able to accommodate groups of up to 60 in one reservation. Minimum group size is 10 students. One chaperone for every 5 students is admitted free of charge. Additional chaperones pay the group admission rate of $14.40. Offsite program fees and group size limitations vary see descriptions for more details.

RESERVATIONS
To schedule a group program, please fill out this form or email youtheducation@towerhillbg.org. We recommend you book your program at least one month in advance. Please note, on site field trips are not offered during the months of December and January. Field trips are offered between 9:30 and 11am or 11:30am and 1pm.

For more information on planning your visit please view our teacher resource page.

SCHOOL AND YOUTH GROUP PROGRAMS

Seasons in Nature
Learn how plants and animals change throughout the seasons and explore the weather and climate of New England. Together we will investigate how plants and animals prepare for winter, uncover the secrets to plant and animal survival, observe the colors of spring blooms, and more!

Be a Botanist
Explore the world of botany at Tower Hill as we study plants and their parts to understand how they function. We will study plants of all shapes and sizes and learn how they grow and change while observing different species in the gardens and on the trails. Students will become budding botanists as we practice making scientific observations and pot up our own seeds to care for at home.

Go Gardening!
Dig, plant, water, or harvest in our garden beds to prepare for the season. Together we will discover the ways plants grow and change in the spring, summer, and fall. We will search for the different plant parts we eat and use our senses to explore the gardens. Each child will pot up their own seed to grow and care for at home.
*Not offered October through March; Maximum group size of 25

At Home in the Rainforest
Our conservatories are brimming with tropical plant life in the winter months. Come explore these unique and interesting plants up close and learn how these species are adapted to life in the rainforest. We will uncover the connection between humans and plants as we learn how they are used for medicine, food and more.
*Not offered April through September 

Garden Detectives
Join us for a guided tour of Tower Hill’s gardens and trails. Students will become scientists as we connect with nature by making observations and getting up close and personal with resident plant and animal life.

Ecosystem Explorations
Join us as we explore the trails and gardens in search of local plant and animal species. We will investigate how living and non-living things interact within different ecosystems and learn what these organisms need to survive and reproduce. Students will collect data to observe and define these relationships in a forest, meadow, aquatic and cultivated garden habitat.
*Also offered for Grade 2

Be a Botanist
Explore the world of botany at Tower Hill as we observe and dissect flowering plants to understand how they function. Students will investigate the lifecycle of a flowering plant, and will learn how plants make their own food. We will compare and contrast different species in the gardens and on the trails and students will become budding botanists as we make scientific observations and practice the art of botanical sketching.

Go Gardening!
Dig, plant, water, or harvest in our garden beds to prepare for the season. Together we will discover the ways plants grow and change in the spring, summer, and fall. We will search for the different plant parts we eat and use our senses to explore the gardens. Each child will pot up their own seed to grow and care for at home.
*Not offered October through March; Maximum group size of 25

At Home in the Rainforest
Our conservatories are brimming with tropical plant life in the winter months. Come explore these unique and interesting plants up close and learn how these species are adapted to life in the rainforest. We will uncover the connection between humans and plants as we learn how they are used for medicine, food and more.
*Not offered April through September 

Garden Detectives
Join us for a guided tour of Tower Hill’s gardens and trails. Students will become scientists as we connect with nature by making observations and getting up close and personal with resident plant and animal life.

Adaptation Fascinations
Join us as we explore the trails and gardens in search of local flora and fauna. Together we will explore the amazing adaptations that increase a plant’s chance of survival and reproduction as well as the various symbiotic relationships these adaptations support and create. Students will discover and categorize these relationships in a forest, pond, meadow, and cultivated garden habitat.

Succulent Terrarium Workshop
Learn the basics of succulent care by getting your hands dirty and creating your own miniature terrarium. Discover how these plants are adapted to their environments and practice the art of scientific observation by getting up close and personal with unique cacti and succulent species. Get creative and use rock, sea glass, moss, and more to decorate your terrarium.
*Maximum group size of 25; $18 per student

Garden Detectives
Join us for a guided tour of Tower Hill’s gardens and trails. Students will become scientists as we connect with nature by making observations and getting up close and personal with resident plant and animal life.

Succulent Terrarium Workshop
Learn the basics of succulent care by getting your hands dirty and creating your own miniature terrarium. Discover how these plants are adapted to their environments and practice the art of scientific observation by getting up close and personal with unique cacti and succulent species. Get creative and use rock, sea glass, moss, and more to decorate your terrarium.
*Maximum group size of 25; $18 per student

SCOUT PROGRAMS

Art and Nature
Join us as we explore the different ways the natural world inspires us to imagine and create while working on your Outdoor Art Maker badge (not included). See colorful flowers in the garden, hear the sounds of wildlife at the pond, learn to whistle with an acorn cap, and explore the sights and sounds of the great outdoors while collecting natural materials to create a nature self-portrait.

Art and Nature
Join us as we explore the different ways the natural world inspires us to imagine and create while working on your Outdoor Art Creator badge (not included). Create leaf and bark rubbings, have a nature dance party, illustrate flowers in the garden, and explore the sights and sounds of the great outdoors while collecting natural materials to create your own miniature fairy house.

Garden Senses
Explore and investigate the gardens and trails while working on your Senses Badge (not included). Taste fresh vegetables from the garden, smell nectar rich flowers, listen to the calls of resident birds, and more on this sensory adventure.

Go Gardening!
Dig, plant, water, or harvest our garden beds in preparation for the season while working on your Gardener badge (not included). Discover the ways plants grow and change in the spring, summer, and fall and learn about garden design while dreaming up your own unique space. Each child will pot up their own seed to grow and care for at home.
*Not offered October through March

Flower Power
Tower Hill is abloom with flowers in the spring. Get up close and personal with some of your favorite plants while working on your Flowers Badge (not included). Dissect a flower and tour the gardens to search for different plant species and their pollinators. Get creative by pressing wildflowers and practicing the art of floral arrangement.

Art and Nature
Join us as we explore the different ways the natural world inspires us to imagine and create while working on your Outdoor Art Explorer badge (not included). Explore animal adaptations, appreciate the sounds of a rainstorm, create your own wearable nature impressions, and more as we embark on this artistic journey.
*Scouts are encouraged to bring a camera in order to complete the full requirements for this badge

My Tiger Jungle
Come explore the gardens and grounds at Tower Hill and discover the sights and sounds of the great outdoors while working on the requirements of this core adventure. Join us on a one-foot hike, identify native bird species, and learn the basics of plant care by potting up a seed to grow and care for at home.

Grow Something
Tour the grounds and trails at Tower Hill to complete the requirements of this elective adventure. Learn about the resident plants and explore the basics of plant care by potting up your own seed to grow and care for at home

Into the Woods
Explore the trails at Tower Hill to learn the basics of tree identification. Work on the requirements of this elective adventureas we identify the ways humans and animals rely on trees and investigate tree parts to uncover the stories they tell. Learn to identify the difference between native species and pot up your own plant to care for at home.

OFFSITE PROGRAMS
Bring the magic of Tower Hill to your classroom or youth organization with one of our off-site programs. All programs are 1 hour in length and are led by a Tower Hill Teacher Naturalist.
*An additional instructor mileage fee applies.

Plant Power!
Observe live plants to understand how they function and the role that each part plays in a plants’ lifecycle. We will investigate plants of all shapes and sizes and learn how they grow and change by observing different species in our own schoolyards. Students will become budding botanists as we learn what plants need to survive and pot up our own seeds to care for in the classroom. Grades 3 through 5 will dissect a tulip.
Fee: $250 for first session; $150 for each additional session
*Maximum group size of 25

Succulent Terrarium Workshop
Learn the basics of succulent care by getting your hands dirty and creating your own miniature terrarium. Discover how these plants are adapted to their environments and practice the art of scientific observation by getting up close and personal with unique cacti and succulent species. Get creative and use rock, sea glass, moss, and more to decorate your terrarium.
 Fee: $450 for first session; $350 for each additional session
*Maximum group size of 25

SELF GUIDED VISITS
Bring your school or youth group to Tower Hill and pick up a Garden Map at the Information Desk to tour our conservatories, gardens, and grounds on your own. MTA cardholders receive free General Admission. Students and additional chaperones are admitted at the group rates of $5.40 and $14.40. Download our student and teacher visit self-guided activity sheets (COMING SOON) and enhance your visit by checking out our Garden Discovery Box (suitable for groups of up to 25) for an additional $45. Self-guided visits must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. To schedule a docent tour for middle or high school groups, please visit our Group Tours and Visits page.

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

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