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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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The State of 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.” Audubon.org 

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!

We’ll be celebrating what makes the garden so beautiful all year long: plants!  Students 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.)


A Love for Nature

Plants are the foundation of so many products we use in our daily lives; let’s show them some love! In this hands-on class, students will learn about some of their many benefits and have an opportunity to get creative making natural gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Grades K-2: February 4 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Grades 3-6: February 6 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)


Trophic Cascades

Trophic cascades impact all ecosystems and the delicate balance they maintain. Discover what trophic cascades are and explore the interactions of organisms in the Garden’s different ecosystems.

Grades K-2: February 18 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Grades 3-6: February 20 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)


The “Wood-wide” Web

Amazing research is taking place when it comes to trees and students will get a chance to learn all about it! With hands-on activities, we’ll examine how trees communicate and help each other survive with mycorrhizal networks.

Grades K-2: March 3 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Grades 3-6: March 5 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)


Nature’s Tricksters

There are many tales about tricksters from different cultures and plants can be tricky in the methods they use to survive. Students will get to know a few of these characters and even see evidence of their work in action.

Grades K-2: March 17 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Grades 3-6: March 19 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)


Rocks and Soils

Plants need healthy soil to grow well. Students will learn about the bacteria that make it possible for rocks to break down into soil that supports plant life. They’ll even have an opportunity to dig in and compare different types of soil in the Garden.

Grades K-2: April 7 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Grades 3-6: April 9 (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: mhertzig@hsvbg.org 256-830-4447 Ext 253

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


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