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Nature Academy

Discovering STEM in the Garden!

What is Nature Academy? Nature Academy provides hands-on science classes at the Garden to enrich STEM learning for students in grades K-8. Classes are new and improved for the 2021-2022 school year, and registration is open to all homeschool, public school, and private school students in the area.

For more information, contact, or call 256-830-4447 ext. 253.


Nature Academy offers three seasons of three classes each. Every month, a new class will be offered covering a different nature science topic. Classes are a two-hour adventure into science at the Garden led by our certified educators. Every class is offered on multiple dates throughout the month, so you can pick the date and time that work best with your schedule.

Fall: August, September, October (3 classes total)
Winter: November, December, January (3 classes total)
Spring: February, March, April (3 classes total)

All classes meet in the Grisham Pavilion and may include inside and outside experiences. Registrants will be notified of any location changes in advance.


You can choose to register for an individual class, or you can register for a season pass that includes all three classes of a season.

Individual class: $15
Season pass: $40

Individual class: $20
Season pass: $55

Interested in becoming a Garden member? Click here!

Spring Classes

Spring Season Pass:

Wonders of Water 

Water is essential for all life to exist. It is found in the atmosphere, on the surface of the earth, and even underground. Have you ever wondered how water is able to get all the way to the top of a tall tree? Or why plants wilt when they’re thirsty? From the biggest trees to the tiniest seed, we will explore the answers to these water questions and more.

Tuesday, February 8, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 10, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 19, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 24, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Underground Adventures 

Have you ever wondered what’s happening in the world beneath your feet? Bring your curiosity to this class and dive into the world of soil! Through observation and hands-on experiments, we will get to know the Garden’s soil on a deeper level and discover the difference that soil can make in the life of a plant.

Tuesday, March 8, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 10, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday March 24, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plants and Water  

April showers bring May flowers! Follow the rain to the places and spaces that water flows as it journeys through the Garden. Our observations and experiments will reveal the importance of water to how plants grow and the relationship between plants, water, and our ecosystems.

Tuesday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 7, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration & Cancellation:

  • Participants are encouraged to pre-register for all classes. Due to supply and class size limitations, we cannot guarantee registration on the day of the program.
  • Registration and payment for classes may be made online or by calling 256-830-4447 ext. 253.
  • Refunds will be given as a credit to participants who do not attend their scheduled class if notice of cancellation is given at least 48 hours in advance.
  • The Garden reserves the right to cancel any class if a minimum number of participants are not registered. If this happens, either another class option or a 100% refund of registration fees will be offered.
  • Questions? Please contact or 256-830-4447 ext. 253.

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