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Programs for Schools

Wild Architecture

Our new youth program, Wild Architecture is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) initiative targeting thousands of students in local Title 1 schools. The program objective is to nurture the child-nature connection and a sense of wonder through discovery tours exploring the Garden’s award-winning gardens and exhibits:

  • Windows on the Floating World: Blume Tropical Wetland Garden
  • TWISTED: A Stickwork (willow) Installation by renowned artist, Patrick Dougherty
  • Moai Installation in the Tropical Forest (coming soon!)

Children are engaged in creative learning activities highlighting the power of art within natural settings that feature our South Florida tropical environment. CLICK HERE to learn more!

Ambassadors of the Wetlands

This environmental science program for Palm Beach County middle and high school students is designed to inspire civic responsibility and a sense of stewardship over our natural resources. It includes field trips to visit a “model” wetland garden at Mounts Botanical Garden and a “real” wetland at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Mounts Botanical Garden (“Mounts”) and its partners provide environmental education that will enhance Everglades knowledge in a wetland setting.

Program Components:

  • School classroom pre-visit
  • One full day of a hands-on, experimental field trip to both Mounts and the Refuge
  • A reflective post-visit in the classroom
  • Core themes include Florida’s geologic history and Everglades formation, the importance of wetlands, ecological functions, human changes to the natural system, Everglades restoration, and what young people can do to help.
  • In addition to teaching the students, time will be spent with the teachers to facilitate curriculum development that can be continued through the academic year.

Participation in this free program is on a first come, first serve basis.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Laura Bloom, Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation District Director at 561-792-2727 x 4226 or laura.pbswcd@gmail.com.

The Ambassadors of the Wetlands program has been made possible through funding from the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, representing the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur fund.

Field Trips

Mounts Botanical Garden offers two programs for Elementary Schools to be a part of during the school year.  The first focuses on plant diversity, the functions of plants, and botany. During this program, students are invited to participate in a one-time visit to the Garden where they will have the privilege of hearing a presentation from a Master Gardener, who will then lead the students through the Garden where they will get to experience first-hand the things they learned in the presentation.

The second program Mounts offers focuses on conservation, and is complimented by our temporary exhibit, Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea.  This exhibit is a collection of sea sculptures made from debris found in the ocean.  The students who participate in this program will get an in-depth lesson on what conservation is, the problems that we are facing today, and how they can be a part of finding solutions.  Following the program, students will go on an intensive, interactive tour of the Garden and the sea sculptures.        

Partnerships

Mounts offers a school partnership program throughout the school year. In this educational partnership, program schools will make multiple visits to the Garden.  Each lesson evolves, building on the curriculum learned throughout the year.  The program is tailored to the need of each school and offers many opportunities including, visits from Mounts staff to each school and trips to neighboring locations that complement the lessons in the program.  The number of schools accepted into this program are limited due to the amount of time and involvement we spend with the students. 

Mounts Botanical Program Funding Support
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.