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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

Geography and Cartography

Celebrate Geography Awareness with this hands-on session. Students will dive into the world of cartography and explore local and global geography.

Grades K-2: November 12 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Grades 3-6: November 14 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)

Protons, Electrons…and Light?

The aurora borealis, or northern lights, are a beautiful phenomenon that has an amazing scientific explanation.  We will look at how protons, electrons, and Earth’s magnetic fields interact to create the amazing auroras up in the sky.  We will finish with a holiday-themed project that you can use to make your home festive for the season.

Grades K-2: December 10 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Grades 3-6: December 12 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)

The State of the Birds

“The mission of the Migratory Bird Initiative is to secure the future of migratory birds in the Western Hemisphere by reducing direct threats and protecting key places across the Americas in coordination with science, conservation and policy partners.”

Students will learn about what the initiative means, the science used to support their goals, and how they can be part of it.

Grades K-2: January 7 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Grades 3-6: January 9 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)

Plants! Plants! Plants!

Let’s celebrate what makes the Garden so beautiful all year long: plants!  We will learn about plant lifecycles, uses, and defenses. Come enjoy this hands-on exploration of plants and their amazing qualities.

Grades K-2: January 21 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Grades 3-6: January 23 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)

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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