Fourth – Sixth Grade Programs

NatureKids Science Programs

Takes place in areas of seasonal interest

Earth in Motion

Take a hike through the garden to explore the environment. Topics of study will focus on the food webs, structural and behavioral adaptations and plant life cycle with a look at the parts of a flower and their function,  why they function and how they help to maintain healthy habitats that provide important natural resources.
VA SOL: Science: 4.4, 4.5, 4.9
This program serves as a great reivew for 5th Grade SOL Testing

Lakes Alive Boat Program

(22 passengers per boat max)
Lake Whitehurst surrounds the garden making it a special environment all to itself.  Take advantage of our unique area by scheduling a Lakes Alive tour that puts your class onboard one of our Garden Boats taking them though our canal system and out onto Lake Whitehurst. While onboard, a Garden Teacher will use various instruments to teach students about fresh water ecology, the lake as an ecosystem and the Chesapeake Watershed.

VA SOL: Science: 4.5, 4.9, 6.5, 6.7, 6.9

Traveling Outreach Programs

Can’t make it out the garden? Then let the Garden come to you with our Suitcase Science outreach programs. Choose from a variety of topics, schedule a visit, and let one of our Garden Teachers lead an SOL based program designed to complement your curriculum.
$80 per class (maximum 25 students), $60 for each additional class on the same day
Limit 3 classes per day with same program

The following programs were created especially for the Portsmouth Public School district and is now available for all schools. These programs have been tested and tried during the 2008 and 2009 school seasons with great results!  (Also a great review for 5th grade SOL testing)

Know Your Niche!

Liven up your classroom with an introduction to living systems from the Norfolk Botanical Garden! Pass the energy through the food web game, learn about animal adaptations, habitats and niches as we explore the interdependence of plants and animals in their ecosystem.
VA SOL: Living Systems 4.5

A Chesa-peake Into Watersheds

Explore the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed system. Learn about the threats to this famous waterway, our influence on the environment and why it?s in our best interest to help protect it.
VA SOL: Science: 4.9