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. Mushrooms - Biology in the GardenUncover the mysteries of how mushrooms grow including its growth from the spore to the fruiting body and the conditions necessary for growth. Discover mushrooms in the Garden and how you can grow them at home!
K-2: October 15, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center
Learn to identify the different parts of the mushroom. Create a mushroom pencil holder to take home along with your Back to the Roots mushroom growing kit!3-5: October 16, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center
Compare the growth and life cycle of a mushroom to a flowering plant. Discover the history of mushrooms and why we like to eat them! Create a spore print! Take home a "Back to the Roots" mushroom growing kit. 6-8: October 16, 12-1:30 pm, Boeing Education Classroom
Examine mushrooms with a hand lens, discover where to find them in the Garden, and learn to identify which ones are poisonous by their color, shape, size and odor. Prepare a slide to examine spores and other features under the microscope. Put together a Back to the Roots mushroom growing kit to take home.
$28/student Member; $30/student Non-member*
*Fee for this class includes a mushroom growing kit to take home https://store.backtotheroots.com/
Rot & Roll - Biology in the GardenStudents gain a deeper appreciation for the benefits of composting by learning best practices used when making compost. Students are also introduced to basic worm care in an array of composters.K-2: November 19, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center
Students are introduced to the life cycle of an earthworm. They will discover how worms change garbage into compost and how composting with worms helps the environment.3-5: November 20, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center
Students compare different types of composting methods. They will learn how to make a compost bin using inexpensive materials, and the science behind the process. They will also learn how to maintain a compost bin using worms, yard waste and scraps from the kitchen.6th-8th:November 20, 12-1:30 pm, Boeing Education Classroom
Students focus on the nutrient cycle and the connection between healthy soil, healthy plants, and healthy people. The class includes instructions for making a worm bin at home.
$8/student Member; $10/student Non-member
Galaxy of Lights - Physical Science in the GardenStudents learn to Identify renewable and non-renewable energy sources which are used to generate the electricity we need for our homes, businesses, schools, and factories. Electricity, whether it was produced using renewable or non-renewable sources, drives our computers, lights, refrigerators, washing machines, and more!K-2: December 17, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center
Students learn about the causes of static electricity and observe how it can affect us in our daily lives. They will create a miniature “Galaxy of Lights” display to take home.3rd-5th: December 18, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center
Students conduct hands-on experiments with circuits, static electricity and robots. They will create a miniature “Galaxy of Lights” display to take home.6th-8th: December 18, 12-1:30 pm, Boeing Education Classroom
Students will wire a series of circuits with varying numbers of batteries, wires, bulbs, and switches, and see how different circuits affect the flow of electric current. They will create a miniature “Galaxy of Lights” display to take home.
$8/student Member; $10/student Non-member Post-Impressionism: Visual Arts in the GardenStudents embark on an artistic garden voyage that explores the enticing world of garden-inspired art. The study and interpretation of Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh will serve as inspiration for students to create their own garden-inspired work using developmentally appropriate media and techniques.K-2: January 14, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center
Students experiment with color mixing as they create a color wheel and an original piece of artwork mimicking post-impressionistic painting techniques.3rd-5th: January 15, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center
Students explore color theory, make their own color wheels, and are challenged to create an original work in the post-impressionist style using oil pastels. 6th-8th: January 15, 12-1:30 pm, Boeing Education Classroom
Students investigate the post-impressionist movement and interpret paintings by Vincent Van Gogh using Visual Thinking Strategies. Using oil pastels, students create original works of art inspired by garden settings.
$8/student Member; $10/student Non-member
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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.