Connecticut College Arboretum

The Connecticut College Arboretum provides a welcome connection with the natural world for the community of New London. Groups can go on a self-guided exploration of the 750-acre Native Plant Collection, Caroline Black Garden, and campus international tree collection. The arboretum’s natural areas include Bolleswood Tract and Mamacoke Island, which feature marshes, forests, and more. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers will spot a variety of flora and fauna at the arboretum such as azaleas, weeping hemlocks, tulips, switchgrass, birds, and many others. Guided field trip tours are also available.

contact info

Hrs: Daily, Sunrise-Sunset.

School

Students from Connecticut College lead guided tours for grades K-12 from mid-September to early November and from the last week in March until the first week in May. Docents may be available to lead tours between May and September. School groups will learn about plant life cycles, ecology, and environmental conservation as they peruse the plant collections and natural habitats. Tours can be tailored to meet the needs of your school group. Brochures are available at the main entrance for self-guided tours. Field trips must be reserved at least three weeks ahead.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies.

topics covered:
Science, biology, botany, horticulture, ecology, nature, plant life cycles, ecology, conservation, animals.

contact info
Name: The Arbo Project
Phone: 860-439-5020
Email: arbor@conncoll.edu

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 40 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-1.5 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Free

Botanical Garden Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

The diverse world of plants is perhaps the weirdest, and most fascinating, of all living things. Bamboo can grow over three feet in one day (you can literally watch it grow). There are 600 species of carnivorous plants, which trap and digest insects, frogs, or small birds (if a vegetarian eats this plant, are they still a vegetarian?). The world’s largest flower, Rafflesia, can grow up to three feet in diameter (how big would a bouquet be…). Do a little digging on your next trip to a botanical garden (not literally!), and see what interesting plant facts you can find. 

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Connecticut College Arboretum

The Connecticut College Arboretum provides a welcome connection with the natural world for the community of New London. Groups can go on a self-guided exploration of the 750-acre Native Plant Collection, Caroline Black Garden, and campus international tree collection. The arboretum’s natural areas include Bolleswood Tract and Mamacoke Island, which feature marshes, forests, and more. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers will spot a variety of flora and fauna at the arboretum such as azaleas, weeping hemlocks, tulips, switchgrass, birds, and many others. Guided field trip tours are also available.

contact info

Hrs: Daily, Sunrise-Sunset.

Scouts

Scout groups can work on Nature and other science badges on tours of the Connecticut College Arboretum. Scouts will learn about plant life cycles, ecology, and environmental conservation as they peruse the plant collections and natural habitats. Tours are available on weekends can be tailored to meet related badge requirements. Scouts can use the brochures from the main entrance for self-guided tours. Field trips must be reserved at least three weeks in advance.

supports scout badges in:
Environmental Science.

topics covered:
Science, biology, botany, horticulture, ecology, nature, plant life cycles, ecology, conservation, animals.

contact info
Name: The Arbo Project
Phone: 860-439-5020
Email: arbor@conncoll.edu

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 40 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-1.5 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Free

Botanical Garden Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

The diverse world of plants is perhaps the weirdest, and most fascinating, of all living things. Bamboo can grow over three feet in one day (you can literally watch it grow). There are 600 species of carnivorous plants, which trap and digest insects, frogs, or small birds (if a vegetarian eats this plant, are they still a vegetarian?). The world’s largest flower, Rafflesia, can grow up to three feet in diameter (how big would a bouquet be…). Do a little digging on your next trip to a botanical garden (not literally!), and see what interesting plant facts you can find. 

View Lesson Plan>>

Connecticut College Arboretum

The Connecticut College Arboretum provides a welcome connection with the natural world for the community of New London. Groups can go on a self-guided exploration of the 750-acre Native Plant Collection, Caroline Black Garden, and campus international tree collection. The arboretum’s natural areas include Bolleswood Tract and Mamacoke Island, which feature marshes, forests, and more. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers will spot a variety of flora and fauna at the arboretum such as azaleas, weeping hemlocks, tulips, switchgrass, birds, and many others. Guided field trip tours are also available.

contact info

Hrs: Daily, Sunrise-Sunset.

Homeschool

Homeschoolers will enjoy learning about plant life cycles, ecology, and environmental conservation as they explore the plant collections and natural habitats. Student-led tours for grades K-12 are available from mid-September to early November and from the last week in March until the first week in May. Docents may be able to lead tours between May and September. Homeschool groups that wish to tour self-guided can use the brochures near the main entrance. Field trips must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

topics covered:
Environmental studies, science, biology, botany, horticulture, ecology, nature, plant life cycles, ecology, conservation, animals.

contact info
Name: The Arbo Project
Phone: 860-439-5020
Email: arbor@conncoll.edu

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 40 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-1.5 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Free

Botanical Garden Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

The diverse world of plants is perhaps the weirdest, and most fascinating, of all living things. Bamboo can grow over three feet in one day (you can literally watch it grow). There are 600 species of carnivorous plants, which trap and digest insects, frogs, or small birds (if a vegetarian eats this plant, are they still a vegetarian?). The world’s largest flower, Rafflesia, can grow up to three feet in diameter (how big would a bouquet be…). Do a little digging on your next trip to a botanical garden (not literally!), and see what interesting plant facts you can find. 

View Lesson Plan>>

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