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.
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
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.