Educators & Schools

The San Antonio Botanical Garden offers a variety of exciting learning adventures for students of all ages. All programs are TEKS-based, active, and age-appropriate, so you can feel confident as an educator in choosing a Botanical Garden experience to enrich your class curriculum.

Self-guided visits can be scheduled on any day of the week. CHEF Workshops and Terrarium Ecosystem Programs must be scheduled Monday – Friday, but program availability depends on current bookings.

 If your plans change and you must cancel or reschedule your program with the Botanical Garden, please contact Jessica Wolanski at [email protected] or 210.536.1434.

Programs

Saturday, February 26, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Receive a copy of the Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood curriculum guide and learn how to bring the environment to life in your Pre-K classroom. Discover the power of nature play and gain the skills and confidence you need to inspire your littles to develop a relationship with nature while nurturing their core development. Participants will receive a certificate for their TEEAC approved credit hours. This workshop is open to both formal and informal early childhood educators. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Fee: $15. Registration deadline is Friday, February 25 at 9 a.m.

Instructor: Texas Project Learning Tree Co-Coordinators Jacey Tosh, Conservation Education Coordinator, Texas A&M Forest Service and Ted Stevens, Education Director, Texas Forestry Association

Register for February 26

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Saturday, March 12, 2022 | 7:50 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join us this March for the Spring Youth Gardens Educator Training Class! This training is designed for teachers, educators, and volunteers in support of Youth Gardening in the classroom and community. One representative per school can attend the training and receive materials! Contact Dominick Ortiz, AgriLife Youth Gardens Coordinator, at [email protected].

Fee: $20

Instructor: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Register for March 12

Saturday, April 30, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Both classroom and informal educators can use Flying WILD to get kids outdoors, teach them thinking and required curriculum skills, and engage them in environmental conservation! Educators learn how to conduct Flying WILD lessons and participate in hands-on activities from the activity guide, which teaches basic bird biology, identification, ecology, and conservation, and service-learning activities. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Fee: $35. Registration deadline is Friday April 29 at 9 a.m.

Instructor: Patsy and Tom Inglet

Register for April 30

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Project WILD invites you to explore and share the fascinating world of wildlife and ecosystems using fun, hands-on educational activities. You will experience engaging TEKS-aligned activities while networking with other educators. Workshop participants receive: 6 hours TEA-approved CPE and TEEAC Credit; Project WILD K-12 guide; Texas-specific resources. Designed for educators who work with children, including teachers, homeschoolers, informal educators, and scout leaders. Please bring a sack lunch. In partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Fee: $35

During this TEKS based program students will learn about the importance of plants in our daily lives and create their own terrarium ecosystem. An educational, original video series will be supplied that includes a “how-to” video for students to work alongside. An instructional guide will also be provided for educators. Teachers will be able to pick up supplies kits from the garden or have kits delivered to their school for $8 per student. This program is designed for grades PreK-8th.

Program Access

During this TEKS based program students will learn about the importance of plants in our daily lives and create their own terrarium ecosystem. This program is designed for grades PreK-8th. Fee is $9 per child (3-17 years) and adults $11. This program is available beginning September 2021 and must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.

During this TEKS based interactive program students will have the opportunity to prepare and enjoy 3 CHEF recipes. Participants will cook alongside our instructor and gain valuable culinary and nutrition knowledge in their own classroom. Cooking workshops are roughly sixty minutes long. Fee is $12 per child and $11 per adult. This program is designed for groups of 10-25 children grades Pre-K-12th.

During this live, interactive program students will have the opportunity to prepare 3 CHEF recipes. A Zoom link will be provided so that participants can cook alongside our instructor and gain valuable culinary and nutrition knowledge in their own classroom. Teachers have the option to receive a shopping list and set up instructions for $8 per child or to pick up ingredients kits from the Garden for $15 per child. Cooking workshops are roughly sixty minutes long. This program is designed for groups of 10-25 children grades Pre-K-12th.

Why should traditional schools have all the fun? On the Botanical Garden’s Homeschool Days, children ages 6-12 are invited to explore the fascinating world of plants through guided tours and hands-on learning activities. Homeschool and virtual learners are welcome.

 

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Another option for visiting school groups is a Self-Guided Visit. Guests are encouraged to tour the Botanical Garden’s 38 acres at their own pace. An online curriculum is available and educators with a booked reservation may preview the Botanical Garden ahead of their group’s visit to optimize the experience and familiarize themselves with areas they wish to explore. Your group must have 10 persons or more to receive the group visit rate. Fee is $5 per child (3-17 years), students (with ID) $10 and adults $11. Please review our COVID-19 safety guidelines here before visiting.

Procedures

The San Antonio Botanical Garden would like to offer every student the opportunity to attend our programming. In pursuit of this goal, we are offering financial aid to schools and organizations in need. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, until designated funds are depleted. You will receive confirmation of your registration and notice of any amount due 5-7 business days after we receive your application. Scholarships are intended to be used with Garden programming during the months of September – February.

 

Scholarship Application

The Botanical Garden asks that you help keep your students safe and the Botanical Garden beautiful. Please download the COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and the Group Guidelines and share them with your staff and chaperones prior to visiting.

Once you submit the form, you should receive a confirmation letter with more information within 72 hours (please check your spam folder). Receiving this letter means that the Botanical Garden has you officially scheduled for a program. Memberships do not apply to school groups. If your plans change and you must cancel or reschedule your program with the Botanical Garden, please contact Jessica Wolanski at [email protected] or 210.536.1434.

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