Updated Outreach Programs

Norfolk Botanical Garden will offer hybrid outreaches to private schools, homeschool co-ops, child care facilities, and other organizations who plan to host in-person accommodations for students during the 2020-2021 school year.

Hybrid Outreaches

NBG staff will drop off materials at your organization within 48 hours of the programs scheduled date, and then your group will participate in a live Zoom session at a scheduled date/time with an instructor to lead the provided activities. For all programs that include a Zoom session, we require the organization to do a practice call with us the day before to ensure audio/visual capabilities.


$100 for the first class, and $80 for each additional class (max. of 15 students per class). If you have multiple groups of students, we can schedule back-to-back sessions.

Garden Senses

Students will touch and smell herbs and other plants that grow in the Garden, plant sunflower seeds, participate in a tai-chi lesson that represents the lifecycle of a plant, and complete a craft that coincides with the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Recommended for ages 3-7.

Plant and Animal Adaptations

Students will learn about different types of seeds (plant/seed examples provided to the organization), conduct a pinecone experiment, play a food web game, and work with a partner to dissect an owl pellet. Recommended for ages 7+.

Wetlands and Watersheds

Students will learn about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the Lake Whitehurst Reservoir, see a live demonstration of a watershed, and then work as a group to research and problem solves ways to prevent run-off into waterways. Recommended for ages 9+.

Have a different program in mind? No problem!

NBG staff will work with you and your organization to build a customized outreach program based on other content relating to nature, gardening, environmental science, and/or ecology.

To schedule an outreach program*, please contact the Youth Education Department  at (757)441-5830 x463, or email us at youthed@nbgs.org with the following information:
  • Hybrid Outreach Program(s):
  • Number of Participants:
  • Material Drop-Off Date:
  • Material Drop Off Time:
  • Zoom Program Date:
  • Zoom Program Time:
*Minimum two week advanced registration required for all outreach programs.
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