Mt. Cuba Center

Spanning 550 acres, these natural lands are located in Delaware’s Appalachian Piedmont. Groups will experience natural rolling hills, stream valleys, rock outcrops, deciduous forests, and the notable flora and fauna that are indigenous to the region. Trails and ponds with different seasonal plants allow groups to plan a day out in nature that reflects their interests, while also getting exposure to the natural diversity and complexity of Mother Nature. The center offers guided group tours with a knowledgeable docent, and tours may cover seasonal highlights, an introduction to ecological gardening, and opportunities to learn about native plants.

contact info

Hrs: Vary; April – November (closed in winter), Wed-Sun 10AM-4PM.

School

Mount Cuba Center’s lush native gardens welcome self-directed exploration. Gardens contain thousands of types of plants native to the eastern United States. School groups can also schedule guided garden tours, which are two-hour tours with personalized service from a knowledgeable and friendly docent. Students can learn about the history, design, and plant diversity of Mount Cuba Center. Students age 5 and under can enjoy a story from a nature-themed children’s book on Thursday mornings in the fall.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies, Science.

topics covered:
Conservation, Ecology, Environmental science, Gardening, Plants.

contact info
Name: Betsey Ney
Phone: 302-239-8895
Email: bney@mtcubacenter.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min., 60 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring your own, Available for purchase, Picnic area available, Food, Snacks, Beverages. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: PD: wheelchair access is limited due to rolling terrain and mulched paths; golf cart transportation to the Ponds is available upon request.

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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Mt. Cuba Center

Spanning 550 acres, these natural lands are located in Delaware’s Appalachian Piedmont. Groups will experience natural rolling hills, stream valleys, rock outcrops, deciduous forests, and the notable flora and fauna that are indigenous to the region. Trails and ponds with different seasonal plants allow groups to plan a day out in nature that reflects their interests, while also getting exposure to the natural diversity and complexity of Mother Nature. The center offers guided group tours with a knowledgeable docent, and tours may cover seasonal highlights, an introduction to ecological gardening, and opportunities to learn about native plants.

contact info

Hrs: Vary; April – November (closed in winter), Wed-Sun 10AM-4PM.

Scouts

Scout groups can schedule guided garden tours, which are two-hour tours with personalized service from a knowledgeable and friendly docent. Mount Cuba Center’s lush native gardens also welcome self-directed exploration. Scouts can learn about the history, design, and plant diversity of Mount Cuba Center. Scout troops can enjoy festive hayrides each Saturday in October or take an in-depth look at the gardens with an expert via Garden Enthusiast Tours on the Second Saturday of each month.

supports scout badges in:
Environmental Studies, Science.

topics covered:
Conservation, Ecology, Environmental science, Gardening, Plants.

contact info
Name: Betsey Ney
Phone: 302-239-8895
Email: bney@mtcubacenter.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min., 60 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring your own, Available for purchase, Picnic area available, Food, Snacks, Beverages. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: PD: wheelchair access is limited due to rolling terrain and mulched paths; golf cart transportation to the Ponds is available upon request.

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>>

Mt. Cuba Center

Spanning 550 acres, these natural lands are located in Delaware’s Appalachian Piedmont. Groups will experience natural rolling hills, stream valleys, rock outcrops, deciduous forests, and the notable flora and fauna that are indigenous to the region. Trails and ponds with different seasonal plants allow groups to plan a day out in nature that reflects their interests, while also getting exposure to the natural diversity and complexity of Mother Nature. The center offers guided group tours with a knowledgeable docent, and tours may cover seasonal highlights, an introduction to ecological gardening, and opportunities to learn about native plants.

contact info

Hrs: Vary; April – November (closed in winter), Wed-Sun 10AM-4PM.

Camp

Summer camp groups can schedule guided garden tours, which are two-hour tours with personalized service from a knowledgeable and friendly docent. Mount Cuba Center’s lush native gardens also welcome self-directed exploration. Campers can learn about the history, design, and plant diversity of Mount Cuba Center. The Center promotes ecological horticulture and conservation, teaching about native plants, their habitats, and how to protect the habitats that sustain them.

topics covered:
Conservation, Ecology, Environmental science, Gardening, Plants.

contact info
Name: Betsey Ney
Phone: 302-239-8895
Email: bney@mtcubacenter.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min., 60 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring your own, Available for purchase, Picnic area available, Food, Snacks, Beverages. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: wheelchair access is limited due to rolling terrain and mulched paths; golf cart transportation to the Ponds is available upon request.

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>>

Mt. Cuba Center

Spanning 550 acres, these natural lands are located in Delaware’s Appalachian Piedmont. Groups will experience natural rolling hills, stream valleys, rock outcrops, deciduous forests, and the notable flora and fauna that are indigenous to the region. Trails and ponds with different seasonal plants allow groups to plan a day out in nature that reflects their interests, while also getting exposure to the natural diversity and complexity of Mother Nature. The center offers guided group tours with a knowledgeable docent, and tours may cover seasonal highlights, an introduction to ecological gardening, and opportunities to learn about native plants.

contact info

Hrs: Vary; April – November (closed in winter), Wed-Sun 10AM-4PM.

Homeschool

Homeschool groups can schedule guided garden tours, which are two-hour tours with personalized service from a knowledgeable and friendly docent. Mount Cuba Center’s lush native gardens also welcome self-directed exploration. Students can learn about the history, design, and plant diversity of Mount Cuba Center. The Center promotes ecological horticulture and conservation, teaching about native plants, their habitats, and how to protect the habitats that sustain them.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies, Science.

topics covered:
Conservation, Ecology, Environmental science, Gardening, Plants.

contact info
Name: Betsey Ney
Phone: 302-239-8895
Email: bney@mtcubacenter.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min., 60 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies, 6:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring your own, Available for purchase, Picnic area available, Food, Snacks, Beverages. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: N/A Accessible To: PD: wheelchair access is limited due to rolling terrain and mulched paths; golf cart transportation to the Ponds is available upon request.

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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