2019 School at Home Adventures
At Leach Botanical Garden, they aspire to be a hands-on laboratory
​for environmental education that provides a unique experience.
​It is a wonderful place to learn about plants, animals and unique ecosystems.

​All classes are $9.50 per child for School at Home Adventure members,​
$11.00 for non-members.
Click here to read about the membership.

All classes are 2 hours.
​​​Types of classes...

​​Trees ~ Geared towards ages 4-7ish
Offered any time of the year
​Twigs, trunks, leaves… oh my! Join us for a guided hike dedicated to our tallest friends in the forest. But what does it take for a seed to grow into a giant? Who uses trees and for what reasons? Through games, imagination, and exploration, students observe the important roles trees play in the forest ecosystem.

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Corvids ~ Geared towards ages 4-7ish
Offered any time of the year
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These bossy birds are around us most of the time, but we generally ignore them! Maybe we shouldn't, however, because they are actually in a constant state of observation and adaptation to a very complicated, built environment. Through observation, games, and activities, students will learn the characteristics and behaviors of this common bird family and test their "corvid" cognition as they become smart and sassy scavengers.

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Plants ~ Geared towards ages 5-8ish
Offered in the Spring
​Come and study the plants that creep along the ground or wind up to
​the tops of trees. How have they come to blanket the earth in green?
​On the hike, students will join the race for sunlight and water while
​studying individual techniques that plants use to compete.

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Pollinators ~ Geared towards ages 6-9ish
Offered April through May
​Pollination is not just the work of busy bees, though they are the best dancers! Many species help pollinate and, whether they intended to do so or not, everyone benefits from their help. Why is pollination so important to the rest of us? With the help of a few games and activities, students will learn how pollination happens and why it must happen.

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Habitats ~ Geared towards ages 7-10ish
Offered any time of the year
Do you know what habitat you're a part of? For all critters, even us humans, where we choose to live says a lot about what we need to thrive. Students observe the creatures that have chosen to make the local park their habitat, and how they've adapted to live there. Come think like an animal and maybe you'll discover one hiding in plain sight! 

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Seeds ~ Geared towards ages 7-10ish

Offered October through December

When you’re rooted to the ground, dispersing your seeds is no easy task. Some
​plants let gravity do all the work, while others eject their seeds with explosive
​force! So why are some seeds designed to cling to fur while others are hidden
​inside delicious fruits? During this lesson, students track down the different
​dispersal methods used by plants within the park and record their findings. Which
​technique is winning in this space and why?

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Animal Senses ~ Geared towards ages 8-11ish

Offered any time of the year

Tuning into our own senses helps us understand what it's like to be a wild animal. After all - we are animals too! Learn all about animal senses by focusing on animals found in your neighborhood park! Students will make observations about the park, look for signs of animals, and determine what types of animals might live there. Through games and activities, students will learn about the different senses park animals use to survive, and will explore how human activity might disturb the use of those senses (noise pollution, light pollution, etc).
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Decomposers ~ Geared towards ages 9-12ish

Offered November through March
Meet the forest's FBI - Fungus, Bacteria, and Invertebrates, that is! These
​often-times hidden organisms do all the dirty work of changing dead plants and
​animals back into nutritious soil that sets the stage for new growth. Through
​hiking, exploration, and up-close observation, students will find different types
​of decomposers and start to put together the story of the forest around them.
​Decomposers are mostly sheltered from our view, and yet they play one of the
​most important roles in the natural world.

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Birds, Energy and Technology ~ Geared towards ages 9-12ish

Offered in the Spring only
How do birds impact the community of living organisms? And how do the
​communities around them impact the birds? Every bird has a habitat, a niche, and
​a relationship to both the plant and animal kingdom. Come along on a mini bird
​expedition, where students learn to use actual tools and technology to document where birds live, what they eat, and how they survive.

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Native and Invasive Plants ~ Geared towards ages 10-15ish

Offered any time of the year
Many plants are introduced to our Pacific Northwest forests, and much of the time they reside alongside our native plants without issue. But one plant in particular - English Ivy - has come to thrive in our forest to such a degree that it can out-compete most of the plants around it. In this two-hour lesson in both education and stewardship, students will look closely at the characteristics of native and invasive plants, trying to discover through applied math, journaling, and discussion why ivy ends up so successful.

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Decomposers ~ Geared towards ages 10-15ish 

Offered November through March
Get up close and personal with the least talked about but incredibly important link of the food web: decomposers! Can you imagine a world without these creatures? In this lesson, students will observe the park habitat to answer the following questions: What kinds of decomposers live in our local forests and what services do they provide to the forest? How does that compare to other habitats? What would happen to a habitat if the decomposers weren't there?

~ Scheduled ~

Trees (geared towards ages 4-7ish) on Thursday, May 9th at 1:00pm and​​​​​
Native and Invasive Plants (geared towards ages 10-15ish)
​on Thursday, May 16th at 1:00pm
Find the descriptions of the programs above.

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to be contacted next time one is scheduled.

If the one you signed up for isn't scheduled,
​don't worry, I will be scheduling more next school year.​​​​