Outreach Program

• The Garden offers Title I designated schools in the Metro-Atlanta area FREE entry to the garden with a 30 minute instructor led activity. Each 30-minute presentation offers interactive, hands on activities supporting science or health education Georgia Standards of Excellence.

Registration is open for the 2018-2019 school year. Availabilty is limted so register before spaces run out!


Program Guidelines

  • To be eligible for free Garden presentations, schools must be Title-I designated AND within 20 miles of the Garden.
  • Presenters are limited to teach one grade level and one presentation topic per day.
  • Presentations are 30 minutes and may be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. with a 10 minute break between presentations. Breaks between programs must not exceed one hour.
  • 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 reschedule 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

Seed Scientists (Kindergarten)
Seeds aren’t as simple as they seem. Students will examine the interesting diversity of seeds and their importance to plant life.
Georgia Standards of Excellence: SKL1.a, SKL1.b, SKL2.b, SKL2.c

Flower Dissection (Grade 1)
Learn about plants from the inside out! Students dissect plant specimens to examine the parts of a plant and create a nature bracelet.
Georgia Standards of Excellence: S1L1.c

Tree Life Cycle (Grade 2)
Ever heard of a tree cookie? What can they tell us about the tree it came from? While these cookies aren’t edible, students will examine them to learn about the inTREEguing life cycle of plants.
Georgia Standards of Excellence: S2L1.b

Carnivorous Plants (Grade 3)
Predatory plants! Students get to explore the exciting world of carnivorous plants by getting up close and personal to some fascinating species. Watch those fingers!
Georgia Standards of Excellence: S3L1.a, S3L1.c

Food Chain Bracelets (Grade 4)
The best way to learn about the food chain is to make one! Students will understand the role of organisms in the food chain by building their own food chain bracelet.
Georgia Standards of Excellence: S4L1.a, S4L1.b

Microscopic Exploration (Grade 5)
Put your camera skills to the test! Students will use microscopes to take “cellfies” of some interesting plant organisms.
Georgia Standards of Excellence: S5L3.a, S5L3.b, S5l3.c

Dichotomous Key (Grade 7)
Do you know your Redbud from Tulip Poplar? Using trees and flowers at the Garden, students will learn how to utilize a dichotomous key for classification and collect leaf samples to make a key of their own.
Georgia Standards of Excellence: S7L1.a, S7L1.b

Garden Taste Test (All Grades)
Learn how food travels from farm to table. During this session students sample fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables and see how they’re grown in the garden.

Frog Talks (All Grades)
Get to meet some of our unique amphibians at the Garden and learn about their amazing adaptations!