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Virtual Field Trips


Explore the Garden with your students…from anywhere!

If you are unable to bring your students to the Garden for an on-site field trip, let us bring the field trip to you! The Huntsville Botanical Garden offers virtual learning experiences that make science come alive for students, no matter where they are.

Virtual field trips include an exclusive video with Garden educators and staff as well as accompanying curriculum materials and student activities. All materials support NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) and STEM learning for students in grades K-8, and all programs are suitable for both in-person and remote learning.

To register for your virtual field trip, please complete the Virtual Field Trip Request Form below, or contact education@hsvbg.org for additional information.

Pricing and Registration

Digital Packet: $60
The Digital Packet includes:

  • Link to virtual field trip video (Note: Link expires 30 days after designated issue date)
  • Corresponding lesson plan
  • PDF versions of all lesson plan materials

Physical Packet $75 (includes shipping)
The Physical Packet includes:

  • Link to virtual field trip video (Note: Link
    expires 30 days after designated issue date)
  • Corresponding lesson plan
  • PDF versions of all lesson plan materials
  • One (1) color copy of all worksheets and
    activities
  • Bookmark for each student

Physical Packet + Garden Passes: $235 (includes shipping)
The Physical Packet with Garden Passes includes:

  • Link to virtual field trip video (Note: Link
    expires 30 days after designated issue date)
  • Corresponding lesson plan
  • PDF versions of all lesson plan materials
  • One (1) color copy of all worksheets and
    activities
  • Bookmark for each student
  • Twenty (20) passes for daytime admission to the
    Garden (Additional passes available for $8 each)

Prices indicate the cost per class. Discounts may apply for multiple classes in the same grade level at the same school. Please contact education@hsvbg.org for additional information.

To register for a virtual field trip, please complete the Virtual Field Trip Request Form. Once your form is received, a member of the Youth Programming Staff will contact you to confirm your registration and process your payment. 

Available Virtual Programs

Butterflies and Pollinators
Grades K-8

Meet different pollinators, explore their habitats, and discover how you can help protect their ecosystems! In this 25-minute video, we take students on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Garden’s butterfly lab, Purdy Butterfly House, beehives, and Monarch Waystation. Students will learn about insect lifecycles, host and nectar plants, the role that humans play in supporting pollinators, and more.

The accompanying curriculum offers eight (8) different activities for students in grades K-8, including vocabulary sheets, writing prompts, and a scavenger hunt. These activities can be completed virtually, at school, or in the students’ own backyards.

The following standards are supported with the content of this virtual field trip experience:

NGSS Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS2-1, 2-LS2-2, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2, 5-PS3-1, 5-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1, MS-LS2-5

Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, LS2.C, LS2.D, LS3.A, LS4.C, LS4.D, ESS2.E, ESS3.A, ESS3.C, ETS1.B

Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Energy and Matter, Stability and Change


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