Elementary School

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Come visit the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill with your students. They will explore science, math, art, and much more through hands-on investigations.  Our garden is just west of the Museum of International Folk Art, and encompasses cultivated gardens and natural habitat.

Seasonal Programming:

  • Fall field trips: September through early November
  • Spring field trips: March through June
  • Winter Programming: Contact our Education Director to arrange for an educator from the Botanical Garden to visit your classroom and lead hands-on activities.

Other Information:

  • All field trips are free of charge for public schools. Private and home school groups pay between $100 and $250, depending on the length of their trip.
  • Limited number of free bus stipends, provided on a first come basis
  • Fully aligned with the Common Core, New Mexico Science Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Teachers may choose a field trip that is a grade older or younger than their designated year
  • Student Field Book activities are recommended for pre- and post-visit connections, download these below

To book a trip today, contact Mollie Parsons, Education Director, at: mollie@santafebotanicalgarden.org

These options don’t work for you?  Contact us to arrange other programs that are appropriate for your students.  We can arrange repeat visits, hands-on activities for families, and much more.  Let us know what you need!

Kindergarten

Nature is all around us: What lives in a Santa Fe garden?
Come and participate in a hands-on exploration of the living organisms in a garden.  Conduct an investigation of seed growth, Santa Fe insects, and the natural beauty of our Botanical Garden.

Estimated time: 1.5 hours

Download the Teacher’s Guide
Download the Student Field Book

1st Grade

Adaptations: How do plants and animals stay safe?

There are many dangerous plants and animals in Santa Fe gardens and yards.  Come learn about how these organisms survive predators, heat, and other challenges in our arid ecosystem through these hands-on explorations.

Estimated time: 1.5 hours

Download the Teacher’s Guide
Download the Student Field Book

2nd Grade

Interdependence: How do plants and animals help each other?

Did you know we have more than 1,100 native species of bees in New Mexico?   Without plants and animals, humans would be without food as well as most of our clothes and shelter.  Come to our Botanical Garden and explore how to encourage bees and pollinators to visit your yard and school.  Experiment with seed dispersal and more.

Estimated time: 2 hours

Download the Teacher’s Guide
Download the Student Field Book

3rd Grade

Climate and Weather: How do living things survive in our climate?

Help your students become experts on the plants found in the Botanical Gardens.  They will then expand this exploration with a visit to our site, where students will conduct a field study.  They will also look at the impact of climate on the plants in our biome, with a particular focus on the piñon die off.

Estimated time: 2 hours

Download the Teacher’s Guide
Download the Student Field Book

4th Grade

New Mexico Geology and Water: What is happening beneath our feet?

Step back in time to explore the geological history of New Mexico. Through hands-on explorations, answer questions like: “Why does the Rio Grande flow through the middle of our state?”,  “What do rocks do for us?”,  and “How can we stop erosion?”.

Estimated time: 2 hours

Download the Teacher’s Guide
Download the Student Field Book

5th Grade

From Sunlight to Life: Where does your energy come from?

Every time you eat or drive your car, you use energy that comes from the sun.  Come to the Botanical Garden to explore leaf anatomy, cactus growth, and how solar energy enters our ecosystem through food webs.

Estimated time: 2.5 hours

Download the Teacher’s Guide
Download the Student Field Book

6th Grade

Climate Change: Why does our climate change, and what impact will it have on the Earth?

We see the impact of climate change all around us. This unit is designed to look at the scientific data around a changing climate and collect some of your own data to help create a dialogue.

Estimated time: 2.5 hours

Download the Teacher’s Guide
Download the Student Field Book