Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Named for the late North Caroline textile executive Daniel Jonathan Stowe, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a 380-acre site featuring picturesque scenery and natural elements. The botanical garden consists of rolling meadows, a lakefront, 13 gardens, and a woodland trail. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can enjoy tours of the garden’s Willow Maze, Orchid Conservatory, Four Seasons Garden, and other areas year-round. Trees, plant life, and wildlife at the garden include weeping willows, orchids, magnolias, floss silk trees, butterflies, tropical bromeliads, snails, and many more. Younger groups will delight in the Children’s Garden, which features a medieval theme complete with a Moon Keep, Fireplace Cave, and more.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

School

Students can enjoy many programs that focus on plants, art, and science. Young learners will have a fun story time activity in the garden, use their detective skills to study pollinators at work, and observe flower colors, and examine plant parts. Older students can learn about the garden’s different ecosystems, habitats, and animal populations. Activities will introduce groups to scientific methods and data as they collect pond samples, compare flowers using a magnifying tools, take a critical look at plant and animal survival, and much more. Inquire about seasonal programs. Bring lunches to enjoy a school group picnic in the garden after your visit. Field trips must be reserved at least three weeks ahead.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies.

topics covered:
Science, biology, seeds, pollination, germination, life cycle, adaptations, food web, biodiversity, observation, stewardship, conservation, botany, habitats, ecosystems, research, scientific method, phenology, data recording, art.

contact info
Name: Colleen O’Donnell, Director of Education
Phone: 704-829-1274
Email: odonnell@dsbg.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 30 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-1.5 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

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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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Named for the late North Caroline textile executive Daniel Jonathan Stowe, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a 380-acre site featuring picturesque scenery and natural elements. The botanical garden consists of rolling meadows, a lakefront, 13 gardens, and a woodland trail. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can enjoy tours of the garden’s Willow Maze, Orchid Conservatory, Four Seasons Garden, and other areas year-round. Trees, plant life, and wildlife at the garden include weeping willows, orchids, magnolias, floss silk trees, butterflies, tropical bromeliads, snails, and many more. Younger groups will delight in the Children’s Garden, which features a medieval theme complete with a Moon Keep, Fireplace Cave, and more.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Scouts

Scouts can work toward completing Bugs, Naturalist-Flower, and other outdoor-related badges at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden through a variety of hands-on activities. Overnights at the Garden are also available, allowing scouts to pitch tents, take night hikes, and play fun nature games. Scouts can also hear live music, take horse-drawn carriage rides, and more during Holidays at the Garden in November through December, which sees the garden dressed in holiday cheer with trees decorated in lights and several illuminated displays.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Science.

topics covered:
Nature, gardening, ecology, habitats, insects, photosynthesis, ecosystems, pollination, hiking, camping.

contact info
Name: Colleen O’Donnell, Director of Education
Phone: 704-829-1274
Email: odonnell@dsbg.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 12 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-1.5 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 4:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 4:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 4:1. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

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>>

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Named for the late North Caroline textile executive Daniel Jonathan Stowe, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a 380-acre site featuring picturesque scenery and natural elements. The botanical garden consists of rolling meadows, a lakefront, 13 gardens, and a woodland trail. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can enjoy tours of the garden’s Willow Maze, Orchid Conservatory, Four Seasons Garden, and other areas year-round. Trees, plant life, and wildlife at the garden include weeping willows, orchids, magnolias, floss silk trees, butterflies, tropical bromeliads, snails, and many more. Younger groups will delight in the Children’s Garden, which features a medieval theme complete with a Moon Keep, Fireplace Cave, and more.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Camp

Summer camp groups can enjoy a variety of fun activities at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. With general admission, campers can play mini putt on the garden’s new Pollinator Putting course, explore butterfly life cycles in the Butterfly Bungalow exhibit, and more. Camp groups can also choose to tour the garden’s native woods, take a walk on the Persimmon Trail and other areas on a self-guided visit with a scavenger hunt activity. Self-guided garden tours are available with three weeks advance notice. Bring bagged lunches for a summer picnic in the garden with your campers!

contact info
Name: Colleen O’Donnell, Director of Education
Phone: 704-829-1274
Email: odonnell@dsbg.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 30 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-1.5 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

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>>

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Named for the late North Caroline textile executive Daniel Jonathan Stowe, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a 380-acre site featuring picturesque scenery and natural elements. The botanical garden consists of rolling meadows, a lakefront, 13 gardens, and a woodland trail. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can enjoy tours of the garden’s Willow Maze, Orchid Conservatory, Four Seasons Garden, and other areas year-round. Trees, plant life, and wildlife at the garden include weeping willows, orchids, magnolias, floss silk trees, butterflies, tropical bromeliads, snails, and many more. Younger groups will delight in the Children’s Garden, which features a medieval theme complete with a Moon Keep, Fireplace Cave, and more.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Homeschool

Homeschool Days available at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden! Homeschoolers in kindergarten up to grade five can learn about a different topic during each Homeschool Day at the garden, including but not limited to art in nature, vegetable gardening, symbiotic relationships, and more. Led by the garden’s knowledgeable instructors, Homeschool Day features a variety of activities such as making art using upcycled materials, taking samples of specimens from the pond, and many others. Homeschool Days are offered on the last Wednesday of every month.

topics covered:
Environmental studies, plant science, biology, seeds, pollination, germination, life cycle, adaptations, food web, biodiversity, observation, stewardship, conservation, botany, habitats, ecosystems, research, scientific method, phenology, data recording, art.

contact info
Name: Colleen O’Donnell, Director of Education
Phone: 704-829-1274
Email: odonnell@dsbg.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 3 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

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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