Education

Check out all the education opportunities at the Garden!

Adult Education:

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  • Lectures, workshops & classes: We commonly host practical workshops for gardeners of all levels of expertise, on a wide variety of gardening, horticulture, and botany topics – from composting to dividing perennials, from garlic to peonies, and much more. Upcoming 2017 workshops include: a local wildflower class, tree pruning and care, grafting watermelons, and peonies. Visit our events page for dates and registration information. Workshops and classes continue to be added!

Teachers and Educators:

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  • School Field Trips (Spring & Fall): The garden becomes the classroom when you bring your students to the Alaska Botanical Garden for a field trip! Programs include fun, educational, hands-on activities and a tour of the gardens. Programs are aligned with current ASD Content Standards as well as the Next Generation Science Standards. Cost is $10 per student. Programs can accommodate a maximum of 60 students. ASD teachers must submit requests online at http://www.asdk12.org/communityresources to schedule. Non ASD teachers and parents can schedule with the Garden directly by calling 907-770-3692 or emailing the Program Director at education@alaskabg.org.

1st Grade- Alaskan Animals

2nd Grade- Garden Cycles

3rd Grade- Alaska’s Trees, Flowers and Shrubs

4th Grade- Interdependence

5th Grade- Your Dynamic Earth

6th Grade- Ecosystems


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  • Garden in the Schools: If you can’t come to us, then let us come to you! The Alaska Botanical Garden (ABG) brings gardening-related “field trips” into your classroom.  Choose from one of the themes below or we can custom design a lesson for your class! Please coordinate with other teachers at your school so we can visit multiple classrooms at the same school on the same day.  Maximum of 4 presentations per day per school. ASD teachers must submit requests online at http://www.asdk12.org/communityresources to schedule. Non ASD teachers and parents can schedule with the Garden directly by calling 907-770-3692 or emailing the Program Director at education@alaskabg.org.

* Soils, Compost, & Worm Composting

* Food from the Garden (Health & Nutrition)

* Alaskan Plants and Trees

Cost: $70/hr up to 30 students; extra $65 travel fee for schools in Mat-su or Girdwood; schools outside of Anchorage must have a minimum of 3 class sessions scheduled per day. 


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  • Story Time in the Garden: Nature stories and activities for children ages 3 – 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Scheduled readings for Summer 2017 coming soon!

 


 

  • Teacher In-Service Training: Call for ideas or customized consultations.

 


 

  • Workforce Development – training for young adults from Nine Star Enterprises and similar programs – call for more information.

 


 

  • Discovery Duffels:  While visiting the Garden with children you may check out a Discovery Duffel – these bags, full of kids activities and books, are designed for families, daycare or pre-school groups, or summer camp outings with kids ages 4-9.  Check a bag out from our Shop-in-the-Garden.

 

See our Gardening Tips & Articles page for more information.