These are a few of our activity programs. Fun for everyone, especially home school groups and children’s parties. Activities must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and can only be acomodated based on docent availability. Group size is limited to 35. A Group reservation fee of $35 is required in advance. The reservation fee will secure the date of your activity and allow for coordination of docents. An additional fee of $3 per child is required upon arrival at MBG on the scheduled date (teachers and chaperones free). Please call 251.342.0555 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Five Senses
An experiential, hands-on challenge to use all of your senses to experience nature and gardens. Conducted in the Herb Garden. Time: 1-1/2 hours.
Grocery Store Botany
An edible lab! Participants become aware of the wide diversity of plant types and parts that are standard fare on our dinner tables. Lots of surprises and gee-whizzes! Conducted indoors. Time: 1-1/2 hours.
The Birds, the Bees and the Flowers
The science and wonders of pollination and plant-animal interactions. Includes seasonal examples available at MBG and a special session on butterflies (large model demonstrates!). Time: 1-1/2 hours. Visit may be extended to include learning games.
Explore the variety of tree types and habitats throughout the Mobile Botanical Gardens, highlighting especially noteworthy specimen individuals. Learn how to identify trees using a plant key and how to estimate tree heights. Time: 2 hours.
AMSTI Enhancement Experiences
As a follow up to plant units in the Alabama AMSTI (Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative) elementary curriculum, experiences can be arranged to supplement first grade “New Plants” and third grade “Plant Growth and Development”. These usually include all students in the grade level and may require scheduling over two or more successive days, depending upon the number of students. No more than 60 students can be accommodated on a single day. Please contact the Mobile Botanical Gardens to make arrangements specific to your school needs.
Home School Groups
Any of the above offerings can be formatted to serve home school groups. Content and approaches vary with age and background of the participants, so groups will need to be of similar ages for the best learning experience.
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Week-long summer programs are offered for rising 3rd, 4th and 5th graders combined. At least one week combines a half-day at the Gardens, a picnic lunch and two afternoon hours of nature art at the nearby Mobile Museum of Art. Other programs will include activities only at the Mobile Botanical Gardens from 8:30 – 3:00. Specific details and application materials can be found on the annual MBG calendar.