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Homeschool Programs

Bi-monthly Environmental Education and Nature Studies in the Garden

Each program uses the Garden’s 112 acres of developed and natural areas as a teaching classroom, while connecting to STEM and Common Core Standards.

Click on the age group/date to register.


Session 1: Solar Eclipse

***Our K-2nd and 3rd-5th Grade classes are full and due to supply and space limitations we are unable to accept walk-ins.  We would love for you to join us for our future programs!
***6th-8th Grade has been moved to the Carriage House and will be taught by Soozi Pline, HBG Director of Education, and Jerry Deener.

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The solar eclipse happens on August 21st and we want your students to be ready for it!  Come learn about what happens when a solar eclipse takes place and why they happen so rarely.
K-2nd:                   August 15                           12-1:30pm
3rd-5th:                 August 17                           12-1:30pm
6th-8th:                August 17                            12-1:30pm

Session 2: From Living Organism to Coal: How Coal is Formed

With our dinosaur exhibit going “extinct” we will explore how prehistoric life became the coal we use as an energy source today.  We will also explore the history of coal mining in the state of Alabama.
K-2nd:                   August 29                            12-1:30pm
3rd-5th:                 August 31                            12-1:30pm
6th-8th:                August 31                            12-1:30pm

September—George Sherwood Wind, Waves, and Light: Kinetic Sculpture

Session 1: Introduction to Wind, Waves, and Lightddd dfd sc

Students will learn about the main concepts that George Sherwood uses to create the sculptures that make up the current exhibit.  They will tour the exhibit and see science and creativity blending together to make amazing art.
K-2nd:                   September 12                   12-1:30pm
3rd-5th:                 September 14                   12-1:30pm
6th-8th:                September 14                   12-1:30pm

Session 2: Create your own Kinetic Sculpture

Students will create their own kinetic sculpture based on the same concepts that George Sherwood used to create his.  They will get to see the sculptures in the garden and spend their time creating a one of a kind piece of art to take home.
K-2nd:                   September 26                   12-1:30pm
3rd-5th:                 September 28                   12-1:30pm
6th-8th:                 September 28                   12-1:30pm


Session 1: Keystone Species: Ecosystem Engineerstur

A keystone species is one that other species in an ecosystem largely depend upon.  If it were removed the ecosystem would change drastically.  Students will learn about some of the Alabama keystone species and what ecosystems they help maintain.
K-2nd:                   October 17                          12-1:30pm
3rd-5th:                 October 19                          12-1:30pm
6th-8th:                October 19                          12-1:30pm

Session 2: Umbrella and Indicator Species; They matter too!

While keystone species are critical to an ecosystem, there are still other important species to consider.  Students will delve further into the complex map of Alabama organisms and their habitats to learn the role all species play in the health of an ecosystem.
K-2nd:                   October 24                          12-1:30pm
3rd-5th:                 October 26                          12-1:30pm
6th-8th:                October 26                          12-1:30pm

Classes will return in the fall

Registration & Cancellation:

  • Participants must be pre-registered for all programs. There will be no registration the day of programs due to supply and class size limitations.
  • Registration and payment for classes may be made online or by calling the Education Department.
  • Refunds will be given as a credit to participants who do not attend their scheduled program if the garden is given a 48-hour advance notice.
  • HBG reserves the right to cancel any program if a minimum number of participants are not registered. If this happens, another class option or 100% refund of registration fees will be offered.
  • Contact the Education Department if you have questions:
    Soozi Pline: 256-830-4447 Ext 252
    Misty Hertzig: 256-830-4447 Ext 253

All classes meet in the education classrooms and will include inside and outside experiences.

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