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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.

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Plant and Animal Cells

All living things are made up of cells.  We will explore and create a model of both plant and animal cells in this microscopically focused class.  Students will learn how to view a plant cell and an animal cell with our microscopes.

Grades K – 2: August 20 (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm) This session is FULL
Grades 3 – 6: August 22 (12:00 pm – 1:30pm)

To Scare a Crow

Scarecrows have played an interesting role in history. We will discover how they were used in various cultures and then participate in decorating a scarecrow to go on display during our Scarecrow Trial. All materials will be provided.

Grades K – 2: September 10 (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm)
Grades 3 – 6: September 12 (12:00 pm – 1:30pm)

Animals, Biomes, and Conservation

The world is made up of various biomes that contain millions of different living organisms. Students will learn the ABC’s of the biomes that make up our planet and the animals that live in them. We will also talk about what positive efforts are being made to protect them and the earth’s biodiversity.

Grades K – 2: September 24 (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm)
Grades 3 – 6: September 26 (12:00 pm – 1:30pm)

The Art of Arachnids

Spiders are able to create amazing webs with the silk they can spin. We will unravel the mysteries of the art of arachnids and create our own art to take home.

Grades K – 2: October 1 (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm)
Grades 3 – 6: October 3 (12:00 pm – 1:30pm)

The Mystery of the Owl’s Diet

Scientists use what is found in owl pellets to analyze the food chains of an ecosystem.  Students will reveal their own answers in this hands-on dissection class.  We will learn about the habits of owls and each student will get an owl pellet to dissect and take home.  This class requires pre-registration in order to guarantee the supplies needed.  Walk-ins will be accepted on the day of, but we cannot ensure that a pellet will be available for those students.

Grades K – 2: October 22 (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm)
Grades 3 – 6: October 24 (12:00 pm – 1:30pm)

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 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:
    Misty Hertzig: 256-830-4447 Ext 253

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

All Education Programs are presented by: 

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