Children

Homeschool Programs

Each program uses the Garden's 120 acres of developed and natural areas as a teaching classroom, while connecting to National Education Standards and the Alabama Course of Study.

Asian Longhorned Beetle
We will discover why the Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive insect native to Asia, has been responsible for the loss of thousands of trees in the United States.  Learn how to protect the trees in your backyard, favorite park or Huntsville Botanical Garden.

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K-2: January 6, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
3-5: January 7, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
6-8:January 7, 12-1:30 pm, Boeing Education Classroom


Music Reflects the Garden’s Beauty
We will compare and contrast the differences between the four concertos Antonio Vivaldi composed titled, The Four Seasons.  Students will identify and suppose what the effects the four seasons have on the Huntsville Botanical Garden. We’ll also compare the music of the four concertos to the effects of the four seasons.

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K-2: January 20, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
3-5: January 21, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
6-8: January 21, 12-1:30 pm, Boeing Education Classroom


Registration for the following homeschool classes will be posted soon:

The Great Backyard Bird Count - Zoology in the Garden
Students will learn how to use a field guide, identify birds by their size, shape, field marks and habitat. On your hike, you will practice your newly learned birding skills. Bring your own binoculars.

K-2: February 10, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
3-5: Feb. 11, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
6-8: Feb. 11, 12-1:30 pm, Boeing Education Classroom

Cotton, Corn and Potatoes / Plant Genomes - Life Science
Students will learn how DNA functions and compare a plant and animal cell. They will explore the impact of genetically modified foods and conduct an experiment in extracting DNA from plants.

K-2: February 24, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
3-5: February 25, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
6-8: February 25, 12-1:30 pm, Boeing Education Classroom


What’s GROWING on - Biology in the Garden
Judy McGary, from Doe Run Farm, a highly successful and popular CSC providing Tennessee and Alabama with choice farm fresh produce will the the guest instructor. Using the Junior Master Gardener Program, we’ll investigate container gardening with hands-on activities, including creating a garden of herbs to take home.

K-2: March 10, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
Grades 3-5: March 11, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
Grades 6-8: March 11, 12-1:30 pm, Boeing Education Classroom


 April: Exploring Connections in Nature - Biology in the Garden
Visiting instructor Judy McGary will be back again in April. Students will explore the pollination process and gain a better understanding of the interdependence between insects, plants and humans. Students will enjoy an interactive demonstration by a loca beekeeper and a tour of the Burdy Butterfly House and Monarch Watch Station. Take home plants to create a pollinator garden at home.

K-2: April 7, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
Grades 3-5: April 7, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
Grades 6-8: April 8, 12-1:30 pm, Boeing Education Classroom


Please contact Soozi Pline at spline@hsvbg.org or 256-837-4344 with any questions.

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 at 256-837-4344.
  • 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.

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

 


Please contact Soozi Pline at spline@hsvbg.org or 256-837-4344 with any questions.

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 at 256-837-4344.
  • 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.