Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open to all, every day of the week. Spring/summer hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (through November 6). In light of the increased number of Covid-19 cases in Birmingham and Alabama, the City of Birmingham has implemented an ordinance requiring 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!

Virtual Field Trips & Digital Resources


We are delighted to share these additional resources for teachers, students, and families as you dig deeper into the wonders of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Below you'll find our first few installments—with more to come in spring!—of virtual Discovery Field Trips that encourage hands-on learning and connecting with nature. Developed by Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens' Education team and led by volunteer field trip docents from the Junior League of Birmingham, all field trips extend the life science concepts taught in the classroom and correlate with the Alabama State Course of Study and Alabama College and Career Ready Standards, as well as National Science Education Standards. 


Discovery Field Trip + Companion Storytime:
George Washington Carver Garden

Join Junior League of Birmingham Volunteer CeCe Todd as she explores Birmingham Botanical Gardens' George Washington Carver Garden. You will examine Dr. Carver's life and his unique contributions to science, observe CeCe harvest peanuts and sweet potatoes, and identify other edible plants!


Then, listen to Junior League of Birmingham volunteer Margaret Virden read aloud from Susan Grigsby's In the Garden with Dr. Carver. This story follows Sally, a young Alabama girl whose day is changed when Dr. George Washington Carver shows up to help the children with their school garden.


 
 

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Discovery Field Trip + Companion Storytime:
Exploring Barber Alabama Woodlands

Come along with Junior League of Birmingham volunteer Sonya Holcomb to explore the Barber Alabama Woodlands at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. In this journey through the woodlands, you will learn how animals rely on plants, as well as how woodland plants depend on animals: interdependence!


Then, listen to Junior League of Birmingham volunteer Sarah Petrusnek read aloud from Laura Knowles' It Starts with a Seed. Follow along the journey of a little seed as it transforms into a sapling and then into a young tree, growing through the seasons.


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Discovery Field Trip + Companion Storytime:
The Secret Life of Trees

Take a walk on the arboreal side of Birmingham Botanical Gardens with Junior League of Birmingham volunteer Maggie O'Connor as your guide! You will become a tree detective by observing, comparing, and contrasting five unique trees found throughout the Gardens.


Then, listen to Junior League of Birmingham volunteer Megan Wise read aloud from Anthony D. Fredericks' Tall Tall Tree. Explore the habitat found within redwood tree forests, and discover the creatures that live there―from chattering chipmunks to sliding slugs!


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Discovery Field Trip + Companion Storytime:
Native American Plant Practices

Join Junior League of Birmingham volunteer Quiwintre Frye as she leads you through the Native American Area at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. You will journey back in time to discover how the native people of Alabama lived with plants at the center of their lives, utilizing them for food, tools, shelter, and more!


Then, listen to Junior League of Birmingham volunteer Sonya Holcomb read aloud "Moon of Falling Leaves," a lyrical poem from Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back by Joseph Bruchac and Jonathan London.


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Discovery Field Trip + Companion Storytime:
Pollination Observation

Come along with Ellen Hardy, Education Program Coordinator for the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and explore one of nature's greatest friendships: plants and pollinators. You will discover what pollination is, how pollinators benefit us, and the many ways we can benefit the pollinators right back—all in the lovely setting of Birmingham Botanical Gardens' Forman Garden.


 


Then, listen to Dawn Coleman Lee, Education Activities Specialist for the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, read aloud from Ruth Heller's The Reason for a Flower. This playful and poetic story elaborates further on the pollination process, diving into the many ecological nooks and crannies that are affected by the wonderful world of pollination. 



ALSO AVAILABLE IN SPANISH!
Our sincere thanks to our friends at The Literacy Council of Central Alabama for partnering with us to translate this virtual field trip for Spanish-speaking visitors in our region and around the world.



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