School Programs

kids on a field trip

MUN Botanical Garden offers a variety of education programs designed to enrich the Newfoundland Science curriculum. Programs are designed to meet the curriculum objectives for the grade. All school programs will be interactive and include hands-on activities to encourage self-discovery.

Our Programs

  • Offered between May 11th and June 23rd, and September 14th and November 20th for Grades K-12.

  • Take place outside, therefore, suitable clothing and footwear are necessary; these are rain or shine programs.

  • Available Monday to Friday.

  • Group size: We can host 60 students at a time, depending on the requested date and the staff available.


Curriculum-based Classes

Spring

Grade 1: It's Alive!
What is a living thing, and what makes living things different from each other? Students will tour our trails and Garden discussing physical characteristics of plants and animals, how they meet their needs, and how they help humans meet their needs.
Based on Unit 4: Characteristics of Living Things

Grade 2: Animal Adventurers.
Join us as we explore the life cycles, physical attributes and growth and changes of our creepy crawly friends! Students will even get a chance to look at some specimens up close under our microscopes.
Based on Unit 4: Animal Growth and Changes

Grade 3: Fun with Flora.
What better place to learn about the wonderful world of Plants than MUN Botanical Garden? We will learn all about plant anatomy, plant life cycles and what plants need to grow and thrive. Two green thumbs up!
Based on Unit 4: Plant Growth and Changes

Grade 4: Hometown Habitats. 
Come explore the habitats in our own backyard! We will take a walk through the various habitats at the MUN Botanical Garden observing the flora and fauna that reside there, and play interactive games about habitats and food chains.
Based on Unit 4: Habitats and Communities


Program Options 

1.5-hour Program | Cost: $5.00 per student

  • Content varies by grade curriculum.

Half-Day Program | Cost: $8.00 per student | program is 3 hours.

  • 1.5-hour curriculum-based program, 1 hour of supplemental activities, and time for students to eat their recess snacks (30 mins). Snacks are brought by the students and will be eaten outdoors.

Full-Day Program* | Cost: $10.00 per student | program is 5 hours.

  • 1.5-hour curriculum-based program, 2 hours of supplemental activities, and time for students to eat their recess snacks (30 mins) and lunches (1 hour). Snacks and lunches are brought by the students and will be eaten outdoors.

Supplemental Activities

We offer 30-minute or one-hour supplemental activities to add to our curriculum-based classes.

  • If you would like to book a Half-Day Program, you may pick two 30-minute activities or one 1-hour activity to add to your curriculum-based class (total supplemental activity time must equal 1 hour).

  • If you would like to book a Full-Day Program, you may pick four 30-minute activities, two 30-minute and one 1-hour activities, or two 1-hour activities (total supplemental activity time must equal 2 hours).

30-minute activities:

  • Composting
    Let’s talk about compost! Why is it important? What lives in our old food? This activity covers regular compost and vermicomposting with an exciting game to wrap it all up. Discover the secrets to composting and its far-reaching benefits.

  • Duck-Feeding
    Come visit our feathered friends! Take a tour down to Oxen pond and experience first-hand why these animals live in such a wonderful place. Each student will get a chance to feed the ducks – provided they are here – and learn more about how they have adapted to this environment.
    Please Note: This activity should not be added to the Grade 4 “Hometown Habitat” class, since it is already included.

  • Garden Tour
    Learn about the wide variety of plants that we grow in our Botanical Garden!
    Please Note: This activity should not be added to the Grade 1 “It's Alive!” or Grade 3 "Fun with Flora" classes, since it is already included.

  • Newspaper Flower Pots
    Are you looking for a creative, environmentally-friendly craft that your students can watch grow? Making flowerpots out of newspaper is a simple and inexpensive way to make starter pots while also reusing newspapers.

  • Nursery Tour
    Take a tour through our lovely nursery and experience our wide variety of native and non-native plant species.

One hour activities:

  • Butterfly Program
    Students will learn about some common Newfoundland butterflies and how we can help create an ideal habitat for them. The life cycle and mutualistic relationship between flowers and butterflies will be investigated. Students will have an opportunity to get up-close and personal with a butterfly specimen, by inspecting their anatomy under the microscope. If you are raising Painted Lady Butterflies in your classroom, the Botanical Garden is a perfect place to release them!

  • Trail Walks
    Come take a relaxing forest walk in the trails behind MUN Botanical Garden! On this guided walk, students can learn about trees, lichen, and plants life cycles, and they might even get to see some of the wildlife that live in our woods. 

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To book a school program at the Botanical Garden, please use our online form or contact Education Staff at bgprograms@mun.ca or 864-8590.

Contact

Botanical Garden

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000