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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.

February 2016 Theme: Birds 

Part 1:Flight and Feathers 
Students will explore the mechanism of flight and how birds are able to glide by examining wing structure and body shape.  We will experience aerodynamics, lift and drag in this hands-on lesson. 
K-2: February 2: 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
3-5: February 412-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
6-8: February 412-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

Part 2: Eating is for the Birds
Students will determine how adaptations help define what and how birds eat.  We will look at birds that eat anything ranging from seeds to meat. Students will create a bird feeder craft to take home. 
K-2: February 16: 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
3-5: February 1812-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
6-8: February 1812-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom


March 2016 Theme: Biomimicry - Borrowing Nature's Designs 

Part 1:Better Solar through Natural Inspirations 
We'll discover how living organisms will mimic each other in order to survive, and humans mimic nature to be more effective in our daily lives. Students will delve into the world of solar power and examine how using the design of the sunflower and mimicking a fly's eye can help us to more efficiently gather solar energy. 
K-2: March 1: 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
3-5: March 312-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
6-8: March 312-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

Part 2: Architecture of Nature 
By understanding how wildlife build their homes, we have adapted our own building styles for increased safety and effectiveness. Students will investigate nature's structures to design and create their own based on the same principles. 
K-2: March 29: 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
3-5: March 3112-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
6-8: March 3112-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

April 2016 

Genome of a Monarch Butterfly: Monarch Migration
The migration of Monarch butterflies is a fascinating phenomenon that we are only just beginning to understand. Students will examine the DNA of Monarch butterflies to find clues about their migration behaviors and warning coloration. 
K-2: April 12: 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
3-5: April 1412-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom
6-8: April 1412-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

Earth Day Celebration for Homeschool Students
For all ages! 
Friday, April 22
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
(12:00-12:30 PM Break for lunch)

Members $15, Non-members $20
Pizza lunch $3.50/person
Huntsville Botanical Garden will host an exciting day of activities exclusively for homeschooled students, families, and groups. You can bring a sack lunch or order a pizza lunch from the Garden. 

Discovery Stations and Presentations
Herb Society Activity in the Herb Garden
Demonstration Vegetable Garden Tour and Activity
Cooperative Games
Water Lab from Alabama A&M
Purdy Butterfly House Tours and Butterfly Release
Live Turtle Demonstration
Birding Activity
and more...


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.