School Programs

 

 

The West Virginia Botanic Garden is offering science-based field trip opportunities for students in Pre-K through 4th grade!

Within the site you will find several different types of forest, wetlands, wet and dry meadows, streams, pools, and a variety of beautifully designed flower beds.  In other words, it’s an ideal outdoor classroom for nature study of all kinds.  The West Virginia Botanic Garden represents a convenient, affordable, and meaningful place to educate students. This is a place where students can learn about the world that exists around them, a place where they can develop a personal connection to nature and watch the Garden grow.

There are several programs available.

Be a Scientist!

 

Age group: Pre-K  through 1st Grade

 

Offered: Year-round

Students will be guided through a variety of natural areas and gardens. Students will receive a journal to draw pictures or write about what they see, hear, touch, and smell. Emphasis will be on asking questions, making and recording observations, and exploring the natural world. Each student will go home with a pencil, journal, and magnifying lens to continue exploring beyond the field trip.

Seasons Change

 

Age group:  1st-4th grade (can be adapted for younger students)
Offered: Fall

Students will be guided through different natural areas and gardens and observe how trees and plants are changing. They will also look for wildlife and discuss how animals are preparing for winter. Students will receive a journal and pencil to draw pictures or write their observations. Students will also receive a small canvas bag that they may use to collect leaves or other items to take home.

The Circle of Life

 

 

Age group:  1st-4th grade (can be adapted for younger students)
Offered: Spring/Fall

Students will participate in activities to learn about the life cycle of (1) frogs or (2) butterflies (teacher choice). Guides will assist children in observing plants, tadpoles and/or butterflies in their natural habitats while reviewing the life cycles of the organisms they see. Students will receive a journal and pencil to draw pictures or write their observations. Students will also plant a seed in a biodegradable pot to take home.

Pollination Power

 

Age group: 2nd-4th grade
Offered: Spring/Fall

Students will learn about the mechanisms of pollination, types of pollinators, adaptations of flowers for pollination, flowers that attract many pollinators, human benefits of pollination, and more! Program will include an indoor presentation, outdoor activity, and outdoor flower/pollinator observation time. Each student will receive a journal to draw pictures or write their observations in and a magnifying lens to take home.

Exploring Habitats

 

Age group: 2nd-4th grade
Offered: Year-round

Guides will lead students through a variety of habitat types found at the WVBG including open field, wetland, hardwood forest, hemlock forest, stream, and pond. At each habitat, students will make observations and answer targeted questions about the types of plants and animals that make that habitat home and why. Each student will receive a journal to draw pictures or write their observations in. Please allow at least two hours on-site for this visit.

Cost: $5 per student, adults are free.

All programs were designed to meet Science K-8 Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools. Field trips last approximately two hours and can be adapted to meet the needs of your group.

Please contact us to discuss special topics.

New field trips for older students are currently under development.

Contact us to learn more!

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Contact Education Director Erin Smaldone

Phone: 304-322-2093

Mailing Address: 714 Venture Drive, PMB 121, Morgantown, WV 26508

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