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Youth Programs

Learning Experiences for Children, Families and Students

Mounts Botanical Garden offers unique programs for children and families as well as educational experiences for students in grades K-12.


School Programs

Join us on your educational journey as we take learning about plant science outside the traditional classroom and into the garden! Teachers and students are invited to Mounts Botanical Garden for fun, hands-on programs developed to deepen our understanding and connection to our environment. Here we will focus on Florida Standards aimed at objective based learning. 

Wicked Plants (Ages 3 and up; guided tour) – Come explore some of the more interesting and unusual specimens found in the Garden. Begin your tour in the classroom where students learn about the amazing and sometimes bizarre adaptations some plants have developed as a way of protecting themselves and helping them to survive. We then venture out into the Garden with experienced educators to see these plants flourishing in their natural habitats. Study guides, vocabulary lists and pre/post visit activities are included upon booking. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Diane, Youth Programs Manager at DRobaina@pbcgov.org or call 561-233-1755 to leave a voicemail.

Treasure Trek Scavenger Hunt (Grades 3 – 12; self-guided tour) – Study the map, solve the riddles, and follow the clues that will guide your class through the Garden, making beautiful botanical discoveries along the way. This program has students working as a team to solve the puzzles and find success. Teachers are given background information to help them with the hunt and to engage students with fun, extended learning opportunities with each find. Study guides, vocabulary lists and pre/post visit activities are included upon booking. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Diane, Youth Programs Manager at DRobaina@pbcgov.org or call 561-233-1755 to leave a voicemail.

Ambassador of the Wetlands (Grades 9 – 12) – This exciting environmental science program provides environmental education that will enhance Everglades knowledge in a wetland setting, inspire civic responsibility and a sense of stewardship over our natural resources.  It includes field trips to visit a “model” wetland garden at the Mounts Botanical Garden and a “real” wetland at the A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. The program is designed for high school students and consists of a school classroom pre-visit, one full day of a hands-on, experimental field trip to both Mounts and the Refuge, and a reflective post-visit in the classroom.  Core themes will 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. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Laura, Palm Beach Soil & Water District Director at 561-792-2727 x 3 or laura.pbswcd@gmail.com.  

Ambassador of the Wetlands – Half Day Program (Grades 9 – 12) – This half-day version of our hands-on environmental science program includes instruction on using a dichotomous key to test water quality and dip netting for macro invertebrates at Mounts Botanical Garden’s Lake Orth. Students will explore the same themes in the full Ambassador of the Wetlands program through guided inquiry. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Diane, Youth Programs Manager at DRobaina@pbcgov.org or call 561-233-1755 to leave a voicemail.

Coming Soon! Wild Architecture: Integrating Art & Plant Science


Family Programs & Activities

“Check Out” the Ribbit Activity Packet!

Complimentary copies are available to check out from the Gift Shop, and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. One per group, please! The packet is designed for children and families but is fun for all ages. VIEW the Ribbit Activity Packet.

 

 

If you are interested in learning more about any of Mounts Botanical Garden’s youth programs, please contact Diane at DRobaina@pbcgov.org or call 561.233.1755 to leave a voicemail.