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Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
256-830-4447
The Huntsville Botanical Garden is a beautiful 120-acre site with stunning floral collections, inviting woodland paths, broad grassy meadows, aquatic areas, demonstration vegetable and herb gardens and the Nature Center, the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house! The two-acre Children’s Garden is adjacent to the Nature Center. The Garden plays an important part in stimulating the study and understanding of the sciences as students learn about the role plants – and butterflies—play in their lives.

Courses

Branching Out
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Trees are what it’s all about in this program that gets your students investigating these important resources. We’ll teach your students how to classify trees, explain the different parts of a tree and how they all work together, the interdependence of trees and animals, and look for the different ways that trees can be damaged.
Length of course: 2 hours Grades: 2-4
Butterflies and Bugs
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From caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly, your students will thrill at investigating the life cycle of the butterfly in the nation’s largest open-air seasonal butterfly house! The students will be immersed in a total body experience as they come face to face with thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, tree frogs, turtles, button quail and other critters living in the waterfall, ponds, streams and lush vegetation of the Nature Center. Located right outside the Nature Center is the two-acre Children’s Garden which is actually eight gardens in one!
Length of Course: 2 hours Grades: K-4
Fantastic Foliage
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Discover the beauty of fall as a guide takes you through an autumn adventure. Your students will investigate why leaves don’t absorb water, discover why leaves change color, find out how boring their food would be without herbs and make a colorful leaf collage to take back to the classroom.
Length of course: 2 hours Grades: K-2
Garden Hunt
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Using scientific inquiry, your students will learn why gardens are important to animals and animals are important to gardens. Students will also go on a hunt looking for signs of the often nocturnal creatures that call the outdoors home.
Length of tour: 75 minutes Grades: K-1
Seeds Everywhere
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Exploding seedpods, rolling gumballs and whirly-twirly helicopters! Bet your students didn’t realize that engineering started with Mother Nature. Sign your class up to discover the physics behind seeds and nuts; they’ll have a blast!
Length of course: 1½ hours Grades: K-3

Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau    500 Church Street Suite One, Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Phone: (256) 551-2230 | 1-866-ESC2HSV | Fax: (256) 551-2324

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