North Carolina Botanical Garden

While visiting the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s North Carolina Botanical Garden, groups can take a walk on the Piedmont Nature Trails, see native plant gardens, appreciate the coastal plain, and mountain peruse habitat gardens. Display gardens feature carnivorous plants, ferns, heirloom vegetables, native perennials, tulip trees, a variety of wildlife, and more. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can book tours of the garden and participate in on-site field trip programs in the education center. The garden’s James & Delight Allen Education Center is home to an exhibit hall, classrooms, an auditorium, and more for programs, lectures, and events.

contact info

Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 9AM-5PM, Sun. 1PM-5PM.

School

Educational programs at North Carolina Botanical Garden aim to teach students about how plants and wildlife adapt to unique climates and soils in the different regions of North Carolina. An interdisciplinary program combines history and science, educating students on the Native American tribes of the state and the uses of plants in their everyday life. Younger students will enjoy the sensory Herb Garden, as well as hands-on activities where they can dissect leaves. Programs are designed to meet NC Common Core and Essential Standards. Self-guided visits are free. Inquire about Title I financial assistance for field trip programs.

supports classroom learning in:
Science, Social Studies.

topics covered:
Environmental studies, history, plant science, living environment, Native Americans, biology, botany, soil, habitats, climate.

contact info
Name: Mike Dunn, Natural Science Educator
Phone: 919-962-2887
Email: mike.dunn@unc.edu

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 minimum, 60 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1. Registration: Online. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee, Free, Title I, Financial Support 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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North Carolina Botanical Garden

While visiting the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s North Carolina Botanical Garden, groups can take a walk on the Piedmont Nature Trails, see native plant gardens, appreciate the coastal plain, and mountain peruse habitat gardens. Display gardens feature carnivorous plants, ferns, heirloom vegetables, native perennials, tulip trees, a variety of wildlife, and more. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can book tours of the garden and participate in on-site field trip programs in the education center. The garden’s James & Delight Allen Education Center is home to an exhibit hall, classrooms, an auditorium, and more for programs, lectures, and events.

contact info

Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 9AM-5PM, Sun. 1PM-5PM.

Scouts

Scout groups can work on Nature, Flowers, Hiking, and a variety of other outdoor badges at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. The Streamside Trail and the Oak-Hickory Trail come together to form the garden’s two-mile long Piedmont Nature Trail, which feature an abundance of nature for scouts to explore. While hiking the 88-acre area, scouts will come across dogwoods, redbuds, woodland wildflowers, and more. Scout groups can also take guided or self-guided tours of the display gardens, where they might spot frogs, fish, and snakes. Programs cover a variety of badge-related topics such as plant survival, soil science, and more.

supports scout badges in:
Environmental Science.

topics covered:
Nature, flowers, plant science, hiking, gardening, animal science, biology, botany, soil, habitats, climate.

contact info
Name: Mike Dunn, Natural Science Educator
Phone: 919-962-2887
Email: mike.dunn@unc.edu

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 minimum, 60 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1. Registration: Online. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee, Free 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>>

North Carolina Botanical Garden

While visiting the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s North Carolina Botanical Garden, groups can take a walk on the Piedmont Nature Trails, see native plant gardens, appreciate the coastal plain, and mountain peruse habitat gardens. Display gardens feature carnivorous plants, ferns, heirloom vegetables, native perennials, tulip trees, a variety of wildlife, and more. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can book tours of the garden and participate in on-site field trip programs in the education center. The garden’s James & Delight Allen Education Center is home to an exhibit hall, classrooms, an auditorium, and more for programs, lectures, and events.

contact info

Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 9AM-5PM, Sun. 1PM-5PM.

Camp

Summer camp groups will enjoy spending the day with nature at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Activities include exploring the trees and plants on a relaxing Piedmont Nature Trails hike, building fairy houses in the Children’s Wonder Garden, find sculptures throughout the Garden of Flowering Plant Families, and more. In the education center, campers can get hands-on with a pitcher plant leaf dissection activity. Self-guided tours of the garden are free. Bring lunches to enjoy in the garden’s picnic area with your campers! Guided and self-guided summer camp visits require reservations.

contact info
Name: Mike Dunn, Natural Science Educator
Phone: 919-962-2887
Email: mike.dunn@unc.edu

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 minimum, 60 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1. Registration: Online. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee, Free 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>>

North Carolina Botanical Garden

While visiting the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s North Carolina Botanical Garden, groups can take a walk on the Piedmont Nature Trails, see native plant gardens, appreciate the coastal plain, and mountain peruse habitat gardens. Display gardens feature carnivorous plants, ferns, heirloom vegetables, native perennials, tulip trees, a variety of wildlife, and more. Students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers can book tours of the garden and participate in on-site field trip programs in the education center. The garden’s James & Delight Allen Education Center is home to an exhibit hall, classrooms, an auditorium, and more for programs, lectures, and events.

contact info

Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 9AM-5PM, Sun. 1PM-5PM.

Homeschool

North Carolina Botanical Garden’s educational programs offer homeschoolers opportunities to learn how plants and animals adapt to the unique climates and soils of different regions in North Carolina. An interdisciplinary program combines history and science, educating students on the way Native American tribes of the state used plants in their daily lives. Younger homeschoolers will enjoy the sensory Herb Garden and the Children’s Wonder Garden, featuring activities such as building with natural blocks and digging soil. Homeschoolers can also participate in a pitcher plant leaf dissection after learning about carnivorous plants. Self-guided visits are free.

topics covered:
Environmental studies, history, plant science, living environment, social studies, Native Americans, biology, botany, soil, habitats, climate.

contact info
Name: Mike Dunn, Natural Science Educator
Phone: 919-962-2887
Email: mike.dunn@unc.edu

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 minimum, 60 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1. Registration: Online. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee, Free 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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