Grades 6–8

Hands-On Plant Science Workshops
At the GreenSchool in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Students become world explorers as they engage in plant investigations inside glass-enclosed rain forests and deserts and synthesize their findings with peers in a classroom. By observing and collecting information within diverse habitats, students build connections among life systems that help plants grow successfully.

Fall: September 27–November 18
Winter: November 22–March 17
Spring: March 23–June 16
Cost: $165 per class
Times: 10–11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

Flowers in the Life Cycle
Fall, Winter, Spring
Experience diverse environments which allow plants to grow successfully and dissect specimens to construct understandings about the roles of flowers, fruits and seeds to reproduction. Pot up experiments to grow at home.

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The Water Cycle
Fall, Winter, Spring
Find and compare elements of air, water, and terrain of the world's biomes and develop understandings about the role of plants in the water cycle. Build terrarium experiments to take home.

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Photosynthesis
Fall, Winter, Spring
Experience diverse environments which allow plants to grow successfully. Build understandings about the role of plants as producers and conduct an experiment about photosynthesis.

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CHIHULY: Observe and Create
Begins April 25
View monumental glass sculptures throughout the Garden and consider how forms in nature inspire landscapes and art. Create nature-inspired art.

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GreenSchool Guided Indoor Tours
In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

During the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Tours students become plant hunters as they engage in plant investigations inside the glass-enclosed rain forests and deserts. By observing and collecting information about diverse habitats, students build connections among life systems that help plants grow and experience the excitement of plant hunting.
(Grades 6–8 must register for guided programs.)

Indoor Guided
Cost: $130 per class | Times: 10:15–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fall: September 27–November 18
Winter: November 22–March 17
Spring: March 23–June 16

Guided Conservatory Tours
Experience and compare the climatic and vegetative conditions among rain forests, deserts and a bog. Construct ideas with peers using grade-aligned themes that complement classroom curriculum:

  • Grade 6: Diversity of Life
  • Grade 7: Dynamic Equilibrium: Plant Survival
  • Grade 8: Humans and the Environment: Needs and Tradeoffs

(Themes follow the NYC Scope and Sequence Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning.)

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Outdoor Nature Walks
GreenSchool Guided Nature Walks

Students become naturalists as they investigate special collections throughout the Garden's 250 acres. From the Thain Family Forest and Native Plant Garden to the Poetry for Every Season Poetry Walks, students observe and collect information to construct ideas about ecology with their peers, and build multicurricular connections to the plant world.
(Grades 6–8 must register for guided programs.)

Outdoor Guided
Cost: $110 per class | Times: 10:15–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fall: September 27–November 18
Spring: March 23–June 16

Guided Nature Walks

50-Acre Thain Family Forest Walks
Fall & Spring
Experience a native forest and construct ideas with peers about forests using grade-aligned themes that complement classroom curriculum:

  • Grade 6: Diversity of Life
  • Grade 7: Dynamic Equilibrium: Plant Survival
  • Grade 8: Humans and the Environment: Needs and Tradeoffs

(Themes follow the NYC Scope and Sequence Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning.)

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Native Plant Garden Walk
Fall & Spring
Experience and compare the woodland, wetland, and meadow and collect information to develop understandings about how native plants provide food, water, and habitat for animals.

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Poetry for Every Season: KIKU
Fall (October 11–28)
Experience the fall garden and read the poetry of haiku and tanka poets outdoors to discover how nature inspires literary works. Develop original poems.

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Poetry for Every Season: CHIHULY
Spring (Begins April 25)
Experience the glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly. Read poetry of his contemporaries outdoors to discover how nature inspires art—both literary and visual. Develop original poems.

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Classroom Resources

Introduce students to the richness of the Garden's plant collections without leaving the classroom. From virtual explorations of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to pre- and post-visit activities ideas, teachers can access practical resources to engage students.

Pre- and Post-Visit Activities Sheets
Supplement Garden visits with suggested pre- and post-visit activities sheets.

School Gardening 101
Find lesson plans, videos, and tip sheets that will help you maximize learning opportunities from your school garden using this website.

Plant Hunters
Virtually explore the diverse plants and biomes housed in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory using this online resource. The site includes fun and engaging plant science challenges for students along with images, information, and audio content for more than 60 plants from the rain forest to the desert.

Curricula

FBI: Forensic Botany Investigations for Grades 6–8
By conducting investigations and searching for clues, students explore the importance of plants and build skills such as concept mapping, data collection, and analysis. A classroom resource based on Garden scientists' research projects. Consists of teacher guide, DVD, and optional materials. Purchase at mheonline.com or call 800.334.7344.

Common Core Learning Standards

Education programs at the Garden support the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy. Immersive experiences in our unique resources provide real contexts for children to explore and observe the natural world, allowing them to connect major concepts grounded in evidence—not just from reading text or working with images, but also writing from their own direct experiences. Learn more.

Professional Development for Teachers

Teachers seeking professional development experience the beautiful collections of the Garden during multisession institutes or customized workshops. Engage in hands-on, inquiry-based field and classroom practices and gain confidence in helping students construct understandings about ecology, plant science, or practical gardening. Learn more.