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Title I Outreach Programs

Spring 2024 Outreach dates are currently filled. Due to our expansive waitlist, we were unable to re-open registration for spring programming. The Garden appreciates the support and interest from students and educators in the Metro Atlanta area this year. We are working to ensure that we can provide better programming support and meet the needs of learners in Fall 2024. If you are interested in joining our waitlist please fill out the form below and we will reach out with information and updates about the Garden's School Programs.

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Bring the Garden to your School!

The Garden offers Title I designated schools in the Metro-Atlanta area FREE classroom presentations. Each 50-minute presentation offers interactive, hands-on activities supporting Georgia Standards of Excellence.

Program Guidelines:

  • Available Wednesdays through Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Presentations are 50 minutes
  • Maximum 30 students per presentation
  • Up to 5 consecutive presentations may be scheduled per day
  • Breaks between presentations may not exceed an hour
  • Presenters can teach one grade level and one topic per day
  • Teachers or Teaching Assistant must be present for the presentation
  • Schools must be within 20 miles of the Garden
  • Program is free for Title I Schools

With leadership support from our generous philanthropic partners as well as corporate support from Wells Fargo and the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, Title I schools are eligible for free programming at their school or at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Presentation Topics

Kindergarten: Spectacular Seeds

Students will use their sense of exploration to investigate if seeds are living or non-living, and create their own clay mandalas to display their seeds forever!

Grade 1: Leaf Explorers

Large, small, fuzzy and smooth. Leaves grow in all shapes and sizes. Students identify the parts of a plant and discover the important functions of leaves.

Grade 2: Busy Busy Bees

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.

Grade 3: Georgia’s Amazing Amphibians

Could a Poison Dart frog live in Georgia? What about a Gopher frog? Students examine different amphibian adaptations to discover which regions of Georgia are best suited for survival and get to meet live native amphibians.

Grade 4: Carnivorous Plants - Producers or Consumers

In most food chains, animals eat plants; not the other way around. Students discover the fascinating world of carnivorous plants by examining live specimens and decide what role these meat eaters play in their communities.

Grade 5: Be a Plant Taxonomist

Animals have different characteristics that help scientists sort them into groups, and plants do too! Students will investigate and draw their observations of a given plant specimen. Based on the plant characteristics they discover, students will be able to classify their plant and extend their knowledge to other plants they see in their communities.

Grade 6 - 8: Soil Quality Testing

Students will run tests on soil samples to determine the presence of major nutrients using laboratory equipment and step-by-step instructions. They will learn safe laboratory practices and describe how major soil nutrients affect plant growth.

Grade 9 - 12: Investigating Plant Ecology

Can you build the perfect plant? Students design a plant with various adaptions and see if their plant will survive the longest!

Grade 9 - 12: Fibonacci Sequence in Nature

In addition to being oxygen, shade, and sometimes food providers, plants are mathematicians too! Students will discover how and why many plants use the golden ratio to create beautiful and effective spirals in nature through hands-on investigations.