The West Virginia Botanic Garden offers the following school programs for students in grades pre-K through fourth grade. All programs are designed to meet West Virginia and Monongalia County curriculum standards as well as provide a fun, engaging, and meaningful outdoor experience.
Program: Be a Scientist!
Age group: Pre-K through 1st Grade
Students will be guided through a variety of natural areas and gardens. Students will receive a journal to draw pictures or write about what they see, hear, touch, and smell. Children will also learn how animals use their senses and how this helps them to survive. Each student will go home with a pencil, journal, and magnifying lens to continue exploring beyond the field trip.
Program: Seasons Change and So Do We!
Age group: 1st -4th grade (can be adapted for younger students)
Students will be guided through different natural areas and gardens comparing leaves from different trees. They will also look for wildlife and examples of plants and animals preparing for winter. Students will receive a journal and pencil to draw pictures or write their observations. Students will also receive and decorate a small canvas bag that they may use to collect leaves or other items to take home.
Program: The Circle of Life
Age group: 1st-4th grade (can be adapted for younger students)
Students will participate in activities to learn about the lifecycle of (1) frogs or (2) butterflies (teacher choice). Guides will assist children in observing plants, tadpoles and/or butterflies in their natural habitats while reviewing the life cycles of the organisms they see. Students will receive a journal and pencil to draw pictures or write their observations. Students will also plant a seed in a biodegradable pot to take home.
Location: The West Virginia Botanic Garden is located at 1061 Tyrone Road in Morgantown.
Cost: $5 per student, adults are free.
Schedule/Questions: contact Erin Smaldone at 304-322-2093 or