Field Trip Curriculum
Guided tours are linked to the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards. Many curriculum tours are also connected with STC units (Science & Technology for Children) from The Einstein Project. Related units are indicated with an "E" and the name of the unit. Pre and post-visit materials are available for the guided curriculum tours.
General Guided Tour (all ages)
Take students through a tour of the Garden to explore plants and nature. This tour offers a fun and educational experience without following a set curriculum. This tour is ideal for a multi-aged children’s group.
Discovery in the Garden (grades preschool-1st)
Children discover why we need plants and how we use them. Hands-on fun includes an activity where children build a food web and learn the different plant parts they eat. Learning is especially fun when they become a tree and change with the different seasons. It all begins with a tiny seed and their appreciation for nature begins to grow.
Discovery in the Garden pre and post-visit materials.
Butterflies & Beyond (grades kindergarten-2nd)
Experience a metamorphosis with your students in our outdoor classroom. Explore the life-cycles of flowers and butterflies and learn their basic needs. Students become aware of the changes that occur with the seasons, observe the weather and enjoy the sunshine.
E: Butterflies, Organisms & Weather
Butterflies & Beyond pre and post-visit materials.
Dredging for Decomposers (grades 1st-3rd)
Dig deep to explore the mysteries that lie within the different soils at Green Bay Botanical Garden. Students search for decomposers, identify biodegradable materials and learn how worms are beneficial.
E: Soils & Organisms
Dredging for Decomposers pre and post-visit materials.
Seeds, Stems & Students (grades 1st-3rd)
Learn the many adventures of a seed: AWEW! Students will “leaf” out loud at the process of photosynthesis. The tour germinates a creative way of learning about plant growth and plant parts.
E: Plant Growth & Development
Seeds, Stems & Students pre and post-visit materials.
Wisconsin Weather & Water (grades 2nd-4th)
Trees sweat? Students will discover how water moves through a tree. The water hunt continues in our pond, with the search for invertebrate forms of life. An interactive investigation of a tree helps show its parts and functions. Learn how Wisconsin’s climate determines what we can grow in the Garden.
E: Land & Water, Organisms
Wisconsin Weather & Water pre and post-visit materials.
Exploring Ecosystems (grades 3rd-5th)
Visit Green Bay Botanical Garden’s three ecosystems: forest, aquatic and garden. Discover that each ecosystem has its own food chain that includes producers, consumers and decomposers. Learn how each ecosystem is different but has similar characteristics. Students also learn how different organisms live together to benefit each other.
Exploring Ecosystems pre and post-visit materials.
Branching Out (grades 6th-9th)
From the shape of a leaf to its arrangement, explore the mystery within deciduous plants. Learn the classification of annuals and perennials; including genus and species.
E: Organisms-From Macro to Micro
Winter Ecology (Elementary) – Available January to March
We might not see an animal but we know it's there! You might think the plants are dead, but they are only sleeping! While exploring the Garden, students in grades Pre-K through 5 will learn how to identify tracks, scat and other signs of activity. We will learn how and why some animals and plants use special adaptations to survive winter’s harsh weather.
Get Down To Earth Tour
Come and enjoy a hands-on experience in the Garden. See what it takes to make our garden grow and learn about the upkeep of the Garden while helping us. This service learning project is a wonderful way to teach students about science and get them involved in the community. This program includes forty-five minutes of work followed by free time to explore the Garden on your own and admission is free. (Due to the work involved, this program is best suited for middle school students and above.)
For More Information
For more information on school tours, curriculum or to register for a school tour, contact our Children & Family Educator, Kelle Hartman at (920) 491-3691 ext. 107 or email@example.com