Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring Gardens is a year-round gold mine of information and inspiration, an outdoor classroom, a museum, and a national historic site. The park has a wooded stream valley with ponds, a naturalistic native plant garden, more than 20 thematic demonstration gardens, a greenhouse, a plant shop, two gift shops, a historic house, and a horticultural reference library. The gardens and educational programs focus on practical landscaping techniques that are appropriate for the Washington metro area.

contact info

Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 9AM-4:30PM, Sun. 12PM-4:30PM.

School

Spend a day learning about plants and wildlife at Green Spring Gardens. Groups can take a tour through the wooded stream valley to see over 20 thematic demonstration gardens which feature ponds, naturalistic native plants, a greenhouse, and more. Groups can also see the changing art exhibits at Historic Green Spring, built in 1784. Educational programs at Green Spring Gardens allow groups to participate in interactive learning activities such as leaf sorting, exploring trees on a woodland trail hike, and using the Enviroscape watershed model to learn about the water cycle.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies.

topics covered:
Ecology, Plants, Animals, Hiking.

contact info
Name: Heidi Young, Children's Education Department.
Phone: 703-642-5173
Email: Heidi.Young@fairfaxcounty.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School Group Size: 85 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: Yes. 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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Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring Gardens is a year-round gold mine of information and inspiration, an outdoor classroom, a museum, and a national historic site. The park has a wooded stream valley with ponds, a naturalistic native plant garden, more than 20 thematic demonstration gardens, a greenhouse, a plant shop, two gift shops, a historic house, and a horticultural reference library. The gardens and educational programs focus on practical landscaping techniques that are appropriate for the Washington metro area.

contact info

Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 9AM-4:30PM, Sun. 12PM-4:30PM.

Scouts

Spend a day learning about plants and wildlife at Green Spring Gardens. Groups can take a tour through the wooded stream valley to see over 20 thematic demonstration gardens which feature ponds, naturalistic native plants, a greenhouse, and more. Groups can also see the changing art exhibits at Historic Green Spring, built in 1784. Educational programs at Green Spring Gardens allow groups to participate in interactive learning activities such as leaf sorting, exploring trees on a woodland trail hike, and using the Enviroscape watershed model to learn about the water cycle.

supports scout badges in:
Environmental Science.

topics covered:
Ecology, Plants, Animals, Hiking.

contact info
Name: Heidi Young, Children's Education Department.
Phone: 703-642-5173
Email: Heidi.Young@fairfaxcounty.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 85 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: Yes. 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>>

Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring Gardens is a year-round gold mine of information and inspiration, an outdoor classroom, a museum, and a national historic site. The park has a wooded stream valley with ponds, a naturalistic native plant garden, more than 20 thematic demonstration gardens, a greenhouse, a plant shop, two gift shops, a historic house, and a horticultural reference library. The gardens and educational programs focus on practical landscaping techniques that are appropriate for the Washington metro area.

contact info

Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 9AM-4:30PM, Sun. 12PM-4:30PM.

Camp

Spend a day learning about plants and wildlife at Green Spring Gardens. Groups can take a tour through the wooded stream valley to see over 20 thematic demonstration gardens which feature ponds, naturalistic native plants, a greenhouse, and more. Groups can also see the changing art exhibits at Historic Green Spring, built in 1784. Educational programs at Green Spring Gardens allow groups to participate in interactive learning activities such as leaf sorting, exploring trees on a woodland trail hike, and using the Enviroscape watershed model to learn about the water cycle.

topics covered:
Ecology, Plants, Animals, Hiking.

contact info
Name: Heidi Young, Children's Education Department.
Phone: 703-642-5173
Email: Heidi.Young@fairfaxcounty.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School Group Size: 85 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: Yes. 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>>

Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring Gardens is a year-round gold mine of information and inspiration, an outdoor classroom, a museum, and a national historic site. The park has a wooded stream valley with ponds, a naturalistic native plant garden, more than 20 thematic demonstration gardens, a greenhouse, a plant shop, two gift shops, a historic house, and a horticultural reference library. The gardens and educational programs focus on practical landscaping techniques that are appropriate for the Washington metro area.

contact info

Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 9AM-4:30PM, Sun. 12PM-4:30PM.

Homeschool

Spend a day learning about plants and wildlife at Green Spring Gardens. Groups can take a tour through the wooded stream valley to see over 20 thematic demonstration gardens which feature ponds, naturalistic native plants, a greenhouse, and more. Groups can also see the changing art exhibits at Historic Green Spring, built in 1784. Educational programs at Green Spring Gardens allow groups to participate in interactive learning activities such as leaf sorting, exploring trees on a woodland trail hike, and using the Enviroscape watershed model to learn about the water cycle.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies.

topics covered:
Ecology, Plants, Animals, Hiking.

contact info
Name: Heidi Young, Children's Education Department.
Phone: 703-642-5173
Email: Heidi.Young@fairfaxcounty.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School Group Size: 85 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: Yes. Accessible To: PD.

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