Workshops for Children
Workshops for Elementary School Groups
Clark Garden would like to invite students in grades K-5 to come to the garden to increase their knowledge of the natural world and the importance of botanic gardens to the environment. Each workshop is developed so that the students can easily understand a variety of scientific topics. A tour of Clark Garden and a hands-on activity are included with each workshop.
Each workshop and tour is approximately 2 hours. Group size is limited to 25 students. Facilities can accommodate two groups simultaneously. You must have 4 supervisory adults per class. Classes are held between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM, but times can be adjusted for individual class needs. The fee for each course is $150. Once your trip is booked, you will be mailed a confirmation form to be signed and returned within 2 weeks. Payment is due 2 weeks prior to the trip. Checks should be made payable to Clark Botanic Garden. Please contact Glenn Aldridge at 516 742-2088 or firstname.lastname@example.org for all information and bookings.
Pollination: Bees and Butterflies
How does a flower become a fruit? A delightful animated PowerPoint presentation examines the process of pollination, motivation of pollinators, and the adaptations of bees and butterflies that make them effective at their job. It also illustrates the roles of fruits and seeds. Each child will make a bee-mobile to take home.
A bat is a very interesting creature. The children will discover the truths and myths about bats, their unique body parts, and the way they are helpful to our environment. The children will see bat houses on their tour and will make their own bats to take home.
A pond is an extraordinary ecosystem filled with diversity. Plants and animals must adjust to the changing environment of the pond as it passes through the seasons and it changes from year to year. The web of life concept is presented in this workshop. Each class will visit one of our ponds and discover the wonders of pond life. A PowerPoint presentation shows "The Day in the Life of a Clark Garden Turtle". This workshop is offered in May, June, September and October.
Students will learn how plants repopulate themselves. Reproduction through seeds, runners, stem cuttings, division, and pollination will be demonstrated. Students will propagate a plant through one of the described methods, and will take their planting home to observe its development.
Life of a Plant
This is a basic botany workshop where students will learn about plant parts and their functions. Each plant part will be examined and explored, along with seasonal changes during the life cycle of a plant. Students will plant their own seeds to take home and watch grow.
Children will learn how trees differ from other plants and discover the different ways trees can be classified and identified. The parts of the tree and their functions, as well as the importance of trees in our environment, will be discussed. Each child will receive a tree trunk slice to read the biography of that tree by studying its rings. The children will take their tree trunk slices home.
How does a flower become a fruit? A delightful animated PowerPoint presentation examines the process of pollination, motivation of pollinators, and the adaptations of bees and butterflies that make them effective at their jobs. It also illustrates the roles of fruits and seeds. This class is recommended for grades 3-5. Year round.
Each class will learn how terrariums are created and how they are related to different habitats in our environment. This workshop also explains the water cycle and environmental issues that affect our planet. Students will create their own terrariums to take home.
Annual Fund Drive
Clark Botanic Garden needs your help.
Please help us maintain our programs and preserve the Clark legacy as a thriving botanic garden by contributing to the Clark Botanic Garden Annual Fund. The garden's success is directly dependent on your generosity.