Children

Homeschool Programs

Each program uses Huntsville Botanical Garden's 120 acres of developed and natural areas as a teaching classroom, while connecting to National Education Standards and the Alabama Course of Study.

Due to safety concerns, the GBBC Homeschool programs have been rescheduled. The K-2 class will be February 18; the 3-5 and 6-8 classes will be February 19.

The Great Backyard Bird Count
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place over four days in February each year and is for kids too! Students will learn how to identify birds through classroom
lessons and outdoor exploration.


K-2: February 11, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center

Learn how to recognize and identify birds using shapes, colors, habits and songs or calls.  Find out how to use binoculars, and then go on a hike in search of birds.  Bring your own binoculars!
 
3-5: February 12, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center
Learn how to use a field guide, how to identify birds by their size, shape, field marks and habitat. On your hike, you will practice your newly learned birding skills. Bring your own binoculars!

6-8: February 12, 12-1:30 pm, Boeing Education Center
Class will take place inside the building using a PowerPoint presentation and outside in the Garden. We will hike the newly developed Lewis Birding Trail. Bring your own binoculars!

$8/Student Member; $10/Student Non-member
Homeschool: The Great Backyard Bird Count

Cotton, Corn and Potatoes - Plant Genomes: Life Science in the Garden

Ever wonder how plants consumed by people are modified genetically and why? We have a fascinating story and study of DNA, Deoxyribonucleic acid, planned for homeschool classes this month, including hands-on experiments showing strands of DNA extracted from vegetables.

K-2: March 18, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center
Learn how DNA is the “recipe” for a living organism while exploring the effects of genetically modified foods in today’s world.
  
3-5: March 19, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center
Learn how DNA functions and compare a plant and animal cell. We will explore the impact of genetically modified foods and conduct an experiment in extracting DNA from plants.
 
6-8: March 19, 12-1:30 pm, Boeing Education Center
Take an in depth look at DNA and plant and animal cells. Students will extract DNA from plants and explore the role of biotechnology and genetically modified foods in today’s world.

$8/Student Member; $10/Student Non-member
Homeschool: Plant Genomes

Bees Louise! And Other Pollinators: Biology in the Garden
Pollinators and flowers have existed together for a very long time on earth, and each have developed special structures that enable them to work well as a team. Discover how flowers are pollinated and what pollinators do with pollen and nectar.

K-2: April 15, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center
Learn how plant and animal partners interact to accomplish pollination. Tour the Purdy Butterfly House and Monarch Watch Waystation. Take home plants to create a pollinator garden at home.

3-5: April 16, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center
Explore the pollination process and gain a better understanding of the interdependence between insects, plants, and humans. Enjoy an interactive demonstration by a local beekeeper and a tour of the Purdy Butterfly House and Monarch Watch Waystation. Take home plants to create a pollinator garden at home.

6-8: April 16, 12-1:30 pm, Boeing Education Classroom
Investigate the pollination process by looking in depth at the part bees and other insects play in the process. Tour the Purdy Butterfly House and Monarch Watch Waystation. Take home plants to create a pollinator garden at home.

$8/Student Member; $10/Student Non-member
Homeschool: Pollinators

Please contact Soozi Pline at spline@hsvbg.org or 256-837-4344 with any questions.

Registration & Cancellation: 

  • Participants must be pre-registered for all programs. There will be no registration the day of programs due to supply and class size limitations.
  • Registration and payment for classes may be made online or by calling the Education Department at 256-837-4344.
  • Refunds will be given as a credit to participants who do not attend their scheduled program if the garden is given a 48 hour  advance notice.
  • HBG reserves the right to cancel any program if a minimum number of participants are not registered. If this happens, another class option or 100% refund of registration fees will be offered.

All classes meet in the education classrooms and will include inside and outside experiences.

 


Please contact Soozi Pline at spline@hsvbg.org or 256-837-4344 with any questions.

Registration & Cancellation:

  • Participants must be pre-registered for all programs. There will be no registration the day of programs due to supply and class size limitations.
  • Registration and payment for classes may be made online or by calling the Education Department at 256-837-4344.
  • Refunds will be given as a credit to participants who do not attend their scheduled program if the Garden is given a 48-hour advance notice.
  • HBG reserves the right to cancel any program if a minimum number of participants are not registered. If this happens, another class option or 100% refund of registration fees will be offered.