Check out all the education opportunities at the Garden!
- 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: luminaries, organic gardening 101, landscape design and a local wildflower class. Visit our events page for dates and registration information. Workshops and classes continue to be added!
Teachers and Educators:
- 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 email@example.com.
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
- Junior Master Gardener Summer Day Camp: Does your child love playing in the dirt and exploring in nature? Join us for our gardening summer day camp modeled after the Cooperative Extension Service’s Junior Master Gardener Program (JMG). Campers learn about botany, soil science, ecology, nutrition, and gardening through hands-on and interactive activities. Students will learn what it takes to grow a successful garden in Alaska and will donate part of their harvest to local food pantries. Its kids growing food for kids! Schedule and Registration for Summer 2017 coming soon!
- Check out our video on JMG created by summer interns with Alaska Public Media
- 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.