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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 2020-2021 school year, and registration is open to all homeschool, public school, and private school students in the area.

For more information, contact education@hsvbg.org, or call 256-830-4447 ext. 253.

Schedule

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. Most experiences will be outdoors with very limited time inside. Plus, 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)

Pricing

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

Members
Individual class: $15
Season pass: $40

Non-members
Individual class: $20
Season pass: $55

Interested in becoming a Garden member? Click here!


Fall Classes

To register for an individual class, choose your date and time from the options below.

Plants Inside and Out

Join us in a study from roots to seed! Students will explore the parts of plants including internal/external structures and their functions in plant growth and survival. This hands-on program will get students up close and personal with a variety of plants using the garden as their classroom.

Register for Saturday, August 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Register for Tuesday, August 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Register for Thursday, August 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
August registration is full! Scroll down for additional details on September registration.

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The Insect World: Heroes, Villains, and Vandals

Learn the good, bad, and ugly of the insect world as we explore the role that insects play in our environment and why they are so important. From scavenger hunts to hands-on exploration, this program will open your eyes to the world of insects.

Register for Tuesday, September 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Register for Thursday, September 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Register for Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Register for Tuesday, September 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Register for Thursday, September 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Leaf Chemistry

Yellow, Orange, Red, and Green? Long, round, spiny, and smooth? Why are leaves all so different? Explore the chemistry of photosynthesis and makeup of plant cells in this journey into leaves. We will learn about what we can see with our eyes every day but also take a journey inside to see what goes on inside a leaf “behind the scenes.”

Register for Tuesday, October 13 from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
Register for Thursday, October 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Register for Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Register for Tuesday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Register for Thursday, October 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Winter Classes

Registration opens on October 1!

Brown, Round, and Underground

Learn about bulbs and how they are prepared for the spring in this hands-on program. Students will get an opportunity to do hands-on work in the garden with our bulbs

Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Getting Ready for a Spring Garden (Virtual Class)

Learn what it takes to prepare a space for a healthy spring garden in this virtual session. We will hear facts, tips, and tricks from our Master Gardeners and other horticulture experts on staff at the Garden.

We know that December is a busy month for many of you. To make attending Nature Academy easier, we are offering a virtual program. This will include a video and an activity that can be done at home, at the Garden, or wherever you may happen to be. We would love to see pictures of the finished product or of your student completing the activity. A link to the video and digital content will be sent out on the 1st of December.

Winter Plant Defenses

Plants, with or without leaves, can become a source of food for animals looking for a meal in the winter months. Just like animals, plants have ways to protect themselves. We will explore how plants keep themselves from becoming a food source and how they withstand the weather during the colder months.

Tuesday, January 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 14 from 12:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Spring Classes

Registration opens on January 1!

Gardening for Birds

Celebrate National Bird Feeder Month by learning about gardening for birds! We will create a natural bird feeder that you can put out in the garden in addition to planning a garden to attract them.

Tuesday, February 9 from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 20 from10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 23 from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Seed Adventures

Take the journey of a seed as it – drops in the soil, grows, and then flowers. We will study components of healthy soil and the parts of a flower to bring the journey full circle in a hands-on way.

Tuesday, March 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 20 from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Herbs and Cooking

Herbs have many uses in the natural world and our daily lives. Explore the Herb Garden and discover its many functions. We will create infused oils to take home and use in your own cooking! You will need to bring a small glass container (no more than 8oz) to reuse for your oil.

Saturday, April 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Registration & Cancellation:

  • Participants must be pre-registered for all classes. Due to supply and class size limitations, there will be no registration on the day of classes.
  • 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 education@hsvbg.org or 256-830-4447 ext. 253.

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


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