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 - age 3 - 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. 

  • Senses & Seasons - 1st - 3rd grade
    Children will use all of their senses to follow Mother Nature's clues and discover signs of the season in our woodland gardens through hands-on activities, exploration, inquiry, and a take home craft. 
    Key concepts explored during the program will include:

    • ​We can gather information about the season by using our senses (sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste)

    • The amount of daylight determines the seasons and signals what plants and animals should do

    • Gardens are habitats created by people and can support wildlife in every season

    • Plants and animals work together to survive and thrive each season (for example pollinators and flowers)

Tour Length 

1.5 hours (including 20 minutes of free play in the Sound & Sensory Gardens) or 1 hour (without free play) 



Magic in the Gardens

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
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners, peers, and adults in small and larger groups.

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards

PreK-K Science Standard 1: Skills and Processes
Students will demonstrate the thinking and acting inherent in the practice of science. 

PreK-K Science Standard 3: Life Science
Students will use scientific skills and processes to dynamic nature of living things, their interactions, and the results from the interactions that occur over time. 

PreK-K Science Standard 6: Environmental Science
Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of environmental factors (living and non-living) and analyze their impact from a local to global perspective.


Senses & Seasons

Next Generation Science Standards
Earth’s Place in the Universe
1-ESS1-2: Make observations at different times of the year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year (seasons).

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics 
2-LS2-2: Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.


Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
2-LS4-1: Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. 


Common Core Standards
Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units.


Measure and estimate lengths in standard units.


Reason with shapes and their attributes.




Represent and interpret data.


Comprehension and collaboration.







Age Groups

  • Magic in the Gardens - age 3 through Kindergarten

  • Senses & Seasons - 1st through 3rd grade



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