Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open!
A cherished place of respite and inspiration for more than 55 years, Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open to all, and we look forward to your visit. Fall/winter hours (Nov. 1–March 13) are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week. Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing. Face masks are required when interacting with others in the Gardens and for entering the Garden Center. For more information and guidelines for visiting safely, click here. We hope to see you soon at the Gardens!

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 the first in a series of virtual Discovery Field Trips that encourage hands-on learning and connecting with nature. 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 the National Science Education Standards. 

Discovery Field Trip: 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. (Bibliography)


Dig deeper by following the video with STEAM activities!

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.