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. 

  • Senses & Seasons - Kindergarten - 1st 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 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.


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

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.


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