Nature Programs in the Gardens

Students discover a love for the natural world by playing in and exploring in London Town's woodland gardens along the South River.

 

Magic in the Garden

PreK - Kindergarten
Children will discover the magic of our woodland gardens and what makes them a special place for plants, animals, and people through hands-on activities, storytelling, creative play, and a special take home craft.
Key concepts explored during the program will include:

  • People create gardens which can have many uses.

  • Most plants begin as seeds. Seeds come in all shapes and sizes. ​

  • A habitat is an animal's home. Gardens are habitats for many living things. 

Tour Length1.5 hours (including 20 minutes of free play in the Sound & Sensory Gardens) or 1 hour (without free play)

Standards for Magic in the Gardens

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

Let your students dig (literally!) into the science of gardens. From learning what makes good soil to trying our hands at plant propagation, your young gardeners will learn what all plants need to survive. Key concepts explored during this program will include:

  • Plants' five basic needs (sun, water, food, CO2, space).

  • Plants need the correct type and amount of nutrients but too much of any of them can cause other problems.

  • Humans need plants in order to survive.

Tour Length1.5 hours

Standards for How Does Your Garden Grow?

 

Pollination Exploration!

1st - 3rd Grade

This trip is for the birds! Students will search for the pollinators that keep our gardens beautiful while discussing the importance & conservation of pollinators. Key concepts explored during this program will include:

  • What is pollination?

  • Why are pollinators important?

  • People can improve habitat for pollinators.

Tour Length: 1.5 hours

 

Questions?

Visit our School Group Tours page or contact the Visitor Services Coordinator at 410-222-1919 x200 or by email.

Magic in the Gardens Standards

Next Generation Science Standards


From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

K-LS1-1: Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

Earth and Human Activity

K-ESS3-1: Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of difference plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.

Earth and Human Activity

K-ESS3-3: Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.




Common Core Standards


Speaking and Listening

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners, peers, and adults in small and larger groups.

Language

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.




Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards


Pre-K Standards: Language and Literacy Development: 1.0.D 1.0.E 3.0.A 6.0.A Science: 1.0.A 1.0.C 1.0.E 3.0.A Social Studies: 3.0.B 3.0.D





 

How Does Your Garden Grow? Standards

Next Generation Science Standards


K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. K-ESS3-3. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment. K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live. 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. 3-LS3-2. Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment. 3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. 3-LS4-4. Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.