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    Guided Explorations
    Everett Children’s Adventure Garden

    New! Longer Sessions

    Guided Explorations in the Adventure Garden provide grade-specific, themed programs that meet state and national learning standards and align with the New York City Scope and Sequence. Led by trained staff, students use their senses and take-home field notebooks to engage in an inquiry-based, hands-on approach to learning as they explore the galleries of the Adventure Garden.

    Fall Plant Parade
    What makes a plant a plant? Most plants have the same basic parts, but not all plants look the same. Students explore the Adventure Garden in search of autumn’s different leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds to discover both their importance and the dizzying diversity of their shapes, colors, scents, forms, and sizes. Students plant seeds to take back to the classroom.
    Pre-/Post-Visit Activities
    Grades: K–1; Availability: September 9–November 14; Location: Outdoor Galleries; Fee per class: $85; ECAG-508

    Fall Seed Go-Round
    How do seeds travel? Seeds move from one place to the next in some very interesting ways and are the amazing beginning to new plants. Students discover the life cycle of plants as they take a closer look at seed dispersal and explore the signs of fall throughout the Adventure Garden. Students conduct an experiment and plant their own seeds to take back to the classroom and care for.
    Pre-/Post-Visit Activities
    Grades: 2–3; Availability: September 9–November 14; Location: Outdoor Galleries; Fee per class: $85; ECAG-509

    Fall Ecology Escapade
    Who eats what? Many plants and animals have specialized relationships with each other that help keep their ecosystems in balance. Students learn how living things are connected as they investigate the different links and relationships in the food webs of the Adventure Garden habitats.
    Pre-/Post-Visit Activities
    Grades: 4–5; Availability: September 9–November 14; Location: Outdoor Galleries; Fee per class: $85; ECAG-510

    Holiday Trains and Treats
    It’s holiday time again! Enjoy Gingerbread Adventures in the Adventure Garden, the Holiday Train Show in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, or, for a doubly exciting program, both. In the Adventure Garden, students delve into the botany behind gingerbread, explore its plant origins, and taste a gingersnap. During a self-guided visit to the Conservatory, students see model trains and trolleys as they move through the magical landscapes of historic New York State buildings.
    Grades: Pre-K–5; Availability: November 25–January 9; Location & Fees: Adventure Garden Only: $85; Holiday Train Show Only: $85; Combination Adventure Garden and Holiday Train Show: $140; SCP-700

    The Life and Work of George Washington Carver
    Best known for his research on the uses of peanuts, George Washington Carver also invented hundreds of uses for soybeans and sweet potatoes. Through hands-on observations and scientific experiments, students explore some of this renowned plant scientist’s findings, investigate the anatomy of seeds, create a personal science timeline, and plant soybeans to take home and chart their growth.
    Grades: Pre-K–5; Availability: January 20–February 13; Location: Indoor Galleries; Fee per class: $85; ECAG-506

    Chocolate and Vanilla Adventures
    In the Adventure Garden, learn all about chocolate and vanilla—their histories, where they come from, and how they get from plants to the products we know and love. Students examine cacao seeds and vanilla seedpods. They also prepare ancient hot chocolate using traditional Mayan ingredients and taste modern hot chocolate.
    Grades: Pre-K–5; Availability: February 24–April 10; Location: Indoor Galleries; Fee per class: $85; SCP-800

    Spring Plant Parade
    What different plant parts do we find in the spring? The same plant can look very different depending on the season. Students search the Adventure Garden for spring’s newest arrivals and explore the critical roles that different parts of plants play. Students plant pea or bean seeds to take back to the classroom and observe.
    Pre-/Post-Visit Activities
    Grades: K–1; Availability:April 21–June 26; Location: Outdoor Galleries; Fee per class: $85; ECAG-608

    Spring Seed Go-Round
    How does a seed become a plant? Seeds contain all the parts and enough food to grow into new plants. Students investigate how flowers transform into fruits and seeds, which in turn grow into new plants as the cycle continues. After planting their own seeds, students observe the plant life cycle back in the classroom.
    Pre-/Post-Visit Activities
    Grades: 2–3; Availability: April 21–June 26; Location: Outdoor Galleries; Fee per class: $85; ECAG-609

    Spring Ecology Escapade
    How do plants and animals balance an ecosystem? The relationships that exist within food webs are very important to the survival of their inhabitants. Students explore these relationships throughout the Adventure Garden and develop a deeper understanding of the adaptations that connect the plants and animals.
    Pre-/Post-Visit Activities
    Grades: 4–5; Availability:April 21–June 26; Location: Outdoor Galleries; Fee per class: $85; ECAG-610

    Flower Power
    Explore the diversity of colors, shapes, and fragrances of flowers and our larger than life flower sculptures. Children use paper pollinator puppets and participate in a flower hunt to investigate the relationships between flowers and important pollinators, such as bees, birds, and butterflies.
    Grades: Pre-K–5; Availability: Juily 7–August 28; Location: Outdoor Galleries; Fee per class: $85; ECAG-504
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