Educational Programs for Schools
Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University Educational Programs for Schools have been a resource for area teachers since 1972. The science-oriented field trips are seasonally based and are offered only in the seasons and for the grade levels listed. These programs meet NC Essential Standards, 2009:
- Seasons in the Garden (Grades K and 1); September, October, April, May
- Piedmont Ecology (Grades 4 and 5); September, October, April, May
- Plants Around the World (Grades 3 and 5); February, March
- Plants and Animals of the Piedmont (Grades 2 and 3); September, October, April, May
- Stream Ecology (Grade 5); September, October
- A Morning in the Meadow (Grades 4 and 5); September, October, April, May
Two additional programs are offered:
- Naturalist in the Garden (Grades 4 and 5); September, October, April, May
- Trees of the Piedmont (Grades 4 and 5); October, May
The School Trip
At Reynolda Gardens, classes are divided into small groups for individualized instruction by experienced and knowledgeable Education Volunteers. Each child prepares at least one plant to take home. Some programs include an activity in the Children’s Garden.
Teachers show PowerPoint presentations created by Reynolda Gardens in the classroom before the visit to introduce concepts that will be discussed and places that will be visited during the field trip. Information incorporated into the presentations promotes science literacy.
The Naturalist’s Notebook offers ideas and suggestions for connecting nature and the classroom. Teachers are invited to workshops and special events throughout the year.
The number of days available for field trips is limited, and early registration is recommended. Group size minimum is 15; maximum 60. The charge is $3/$5, depending on the program, for each student and no charge for accompanying adults. Visits begin at 9:30 a.m. In case of inclement weather, field trips may be rescheduled. Accommodations are made for students with disabilities.