School Outreach Programs

2014-2015 Academic Year School Outreach Programs (October-February)

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 Educators 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.  A $25 travel fee per day will be charged for locations outside a 30 minute travel distance form Norfolk Botanical Garden.  Limit 3 classes per day with same program.  During the school year, Outreach Programs are available October -February only and will be scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons for 12:30-1:30pm, 1-2pm or 2-3pm.

Plants 101

Introduce your students to the world of plants with this exciting, hands-on program led by one of our knowledgeable Garden Educators!  Your students will love working to build a 8ft felt veggie garden puzzle and planting seeds to keep in the classroom!  VA SOL: Science:K.6,  K.8, History: K.8b, c English: K.1a

Plants and Animals of the Garden

What is the Norfolk Botanical Garden? Sure we have plants, but did you know that these plants are a very important part of the habitat for our wildlife? Let us show your students the inside scoop on how our garden grows and how our plants and animals that live here change throughout the seasons. VA SOL: Science: 1.4, 1.5, 1.7

Plants and People

How did the Native Americans use their environment for survival?  Let our Garden Educator bring these answers to your classroom through plants and tools use by these tribes.  (Great Review for 3rd Graders) VA SOL: History/Geography:  2.4,2.8

Seeds 101-Plants as a natural Resource

From the almost microscopic vanilla bean seed to the 40-pound Coco-de-mer this outreach will show your students that seeds come in all shapes sizes and colors and are used to make many of the items we use everyday. VA SOL: Science: 2.8, 3.7, 3.8, 3.10

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


To schedule a school or children’s group tour please contact the Education Registrar.

Monday through Friday 10AM – 2PM  1(757) 441-5830 x 338

Teachers may also email inquiries to