Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open to all, every day of the week. Fall/winter hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (November 7–March 12). Please note that the City of Birmingham requires face coverings inside City-owned buildings and venues, including the Garden Center and other indoor facilities at the Gardens, effective July 29, 2021. For more information and guidelines for visiting, please click here. We look forward to your visit!

Professional Development

Garden Adventures: Teacher Training
Presented by Project Learning Tree (Explore Your Environment K-8 Activity Guide)
October 11, 2021|9-2 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Free with lunch included
Join other K-8 classroom and non-formal educators as we explore activities in the newly released Project Learning Tree Explore Your Environment K-8 Activity Guide.  Every participant receives a copy of this guide that includes 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities to connect children to nature and increase young people’s awareness and knowledge about their environment.  The activities in this resource are aligned to Alabama’s K-8 Course of Study for Science, STEM, Math, ELA, and Social Studies.  Continuing education credits are available for educators, foresters, and loggers.
Multidisciplinary activities integrate core discipline areas, including STEM subjects, reading, writing, and social studies.
Hands-on activities connect children to nature in the city and the outdoors.
How to think, not what to think. Activities are designed to develop students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
Background information, suggestions for enrichment, and student assessment tools for teachers.
Copyright-free Student Pages, or worksheets, can be easily loaded to Google Classroom.

Activities are practical, adaptable, and flexible. They are easy to do, require minimal preparation; no special supplies are needed.
Explicit connections to academic standards for science, English language arts, and social studies.
New supporting features include “Differentiated Instruction” techniques, “Take It Outside!”, “Did You Know?” forest facts, plus a “Career Corner” within each Student Page introduces youth to forest-related careers.