School and Youth Group Programs 2018-10-10T17:22:13+00:00

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 grouped by grade to align with Next Generation Science and Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering curriculum standards. For a list of standards met please click here.

PRICING
The fee for school and youth programs is $11 per child and includes admission unless otherwise noted. The fee for scout programs is $15 per child. We are able to accommodate groups of up to 60; minimum group size is 10 students. Chaperones are admitted free.

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, field trips are not offered during the months of December and January. Field trips are offered between 9 and 10:30am or 11 and 12:30pm. Classes are taught mainly outdoors; please dress for the weather. All programs will be adapted for an indoor lab experience in the case of severe weather. For more information download our school visit guide here.

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
We will observe and dissect 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 the gardens and on the trails. Students will become budding botanists as we learn what plants need to survive and lend a helping hand caring for plants in the Youth Garden.

Go Gardening!
Dig, plant, water, and harvest garden beds in preparation 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 herbs 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 

Ecosystem Explorations
Together we will explore the trails and gardens here at Tower Hill to investigate how living and non-living things interact within different ecosystems. Students will observe and define these relationships in a forest, meadow, aquatic and cultivated garden habitat.

Be a Botanist
We will observe and dissect 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 the gardens and on the trails. Students will become budding botanists as we learn what plants need to survive and lend a helping hand caring for plants in the Youth Garden

Go Gardening!
Dig, plant, water, and harvest garden beds in preparation 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 herbs 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 

Succulent Terrarium Workshop
Learn the basics of succulent care by getting your hands dirty and creating your own terrarium to take home. Discover how these plants are adapted to their environments and explore the cacti and succulent collections here at Tower Hill.
*Maximum group size of 25; $15 per student

Succulent Terrarium Workshop
Learn the basics of succulent care by getting your hands dirty and creating your own terrarium to take home. Discover how these plants are adapted to their environments and explore the cacti and succulent collections here at Tower Hill.
*Maximum group size of 25; $15 per student 

SCOUT PROGRAMS

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, and water 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 all about garden design while dreaming up your own unique space. Each child will pot up their own herbs to grow and care for at home.

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.

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.

SELF-GUIDED TOURS
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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.