Outreach Program

The Garden offers Title 1 designated schools in the Metro-Atlanta area FREE classroom presentations. Each 50-minute presentation offers interactive, hands on activities supporting science or health education Georgia Performance Standards.

NEW presentations are available for High School Science students! Outreach programs are no longer available for Fall 2016. Register for Spring 2017 before spaces run out!

Outreach programs for the 2016-2017 school year are no longer available. If you are interested, you may be placed on a waitlist.


Program Guidelines

  • To be eligible for free classroom presentations, schools must be Title-1 designated AND within 15 miles of the Garden.
  • Presenters are limited to teach one grade level and one presentation topic per day.
  • Up to 5 presentations may be scheduled in one day.
  • Presentations are 50 minutes and may be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. with a 10 minute break between presentations. Presentations must end no later than 1:30 p.m.
  • The maximum number of students per presentation is 30 students.
  • A teacher or teacher assistant must be present during each presentation.
  • Teachers receive post visit material after each presentation.
  • To resechedule a presentation, contact Lorin Boren at least two weeks in advance by email at lboren@atlantabg.org or call 404-591-1588. Reschedule dates are not guaranteed.

Presentation Topics

Spectacular Seeds (Kindergarten)
Become seed scientists in this presentation! Students use their senses to investigate the delightful life and diversity of seeds.
Georgia Performance Standards: SKL1.a, SKL1.b, SKL2.b

Leaf Explorers (Grade 1)
Large, small, fuzzy and smooth. Leaves grow in all shapes and sizes. Students explore plant samples to identify this part of a plant and discover its important functions.
Georgia Performance Standards: S1L1.a, S1L1.c

Busy Busy Bees (Grade 2)
Bees are fascinating creatures with very busy lives. Students learn about the life cycle of honey bees and the important roles they play in their hive and in the ecosystem.
Georgia Performance Standards: S2L1.a

Georgia’s Savage Habitats (Grade 3)
Insect-eating plants? Oh my! Georgia is home to several species of carnivorous plants. Students discover these unique habitats “savage” plants call home and will examine live specimens to hypothesize the sneaky ways these plants catch their prey.
Georgia Performance Standards: S3L1.a, S3L1.b, S2L1.d

Amphibian Adaptations and Bromeliads (Grade 4)
Students journey to the Rainforest without even leaving the classroom! Students observe live frogs to learn more about amphibians and their adaptations as well as a special relationship they have with the
Georgia Performance Standards: S4L1.c, S4L2.a

Amphibian Classification (Grade 5)
Amphibians are a diverse and fascinating animal group. Students work together to determine the unique characteristics of amphibians and how they are related to other vertebrate animals using live specimens!
Georgia Performance Standards: S5L1.a

Georgia Tree I.D. (Grade 7)
Do you know the name of that tree? In this presentation, students examine leaf samples and utilize dichotomous keys to identify the species of Georgia’s native trees.
Georgia Performance Standards: S7L1

Classroom Taste Tests (Kindergarten through Grade 5)
Can you hear a sugar snap pea? What does a kiwi feel like? As official Garden Taste Testers, students use their five senses and share an exciting experience exploring delicious fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs to encourage healthy eating habits.
Georgia Performance Standards: HEK.1a, HEK.7a, HE1.1a, HE1.7a, HE2.1a, HE2.7a, HE3.1a, HE3.5c, HE3.7a,

NEW! DNA Barcoding for the Budding Biologists
Learn how scientists at the Atlanta Botanical Garden are using DNA barcoding to identify new species, show relationships between organisms, and preserve biodiversity in the field and create an orchid barcode
Georgia Performance Standards: SB2.a, SB2.b, SB2.f

NEW! Balancing Act: Keeping Habitats Healthy
Humans have a huge impact on the environment. Take a look at what factors can contribute to habitat collapse and what we can do to make sure our environmental systems remain stable.
Georgia Performance Standards: SB3.d