Resources for K-5 Teachers: Field Trips

Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University Educational Programs for Schools have been a resource for area teachers since 1972. The science-oriented programs are offered only in the seasons and for the grade levels listed below. Six programs meet NC Essential Standards, 2009: Seasons in the Garden; Stream Ecology; A Morning in the Meadow; Piedmont Ecology; Plants Around the World; and Plants and Animals of the Piedmont. Two additional programs are offered: Naturalist in the Garden and Trees of the Piedmont.
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Pre-visit Resources    PowerPoint presentations that correspond to each of the programs offered are attached below. These presentations are shown in the classroom before the visit to introduce concepts that will be discussed and places that will be visited during the field trip. All photos were taken at Reynolda Gardens. Science information within the presentations promote science literacy: captions and comments can be read either by the teacher or by the students. Additional resources for teachers can be found on the Reynolda Gardens website http://reynoldagardens.org/learning/

The Field Trip    At Reynolda Gardens, classes are divided into small groups for individualized instruction by experienced and knowledgeable Education Volunteers. Each child prepares at least one plant to take home. Weather permitting, students participate in an activity in the Children's Garden.

General Information    Minimum group size is 10; maximum, 60. The charge is $3.00/$5.00 for each child, depending on the program; no charge for accompanying adults. Visits begin at 9:30 a.m. In case of inclement weather, field trips may be rescheduled. Accommodations are made for students with disabilities. For further information on logistics, see the file: Field Trip Information and Logistics.

2017-18 Programs
NCES, 2009 Aligned
  • Seasons in the Garden The theme is natural changes that occur in the local natural environment through all four seasons. The visit includes a walk in the gardens and greenhouses.
    • Grades K, 1, self-contained special education; 1.5 hours; September, October, November, April, May
    • PowerPoint (see below): Seasons in the Garden Presentation
    • Additional file (see below): Seasons in the Garden Presentation Outline
    • NCES, 2009: KE1; KL1; KH1; KG1; KG2; 1G1;1G2;1E2;1L1; 1L2
  • Plants and Animals of the Piedmont The themes are the interdependence of plants and animals within the Piedmont ecosystem and impact of natural processes and human activities on plant and animal life. The visit includes a walk in the garden and on the nature trail.
    • Grades 2 and 3; 2 hours; September, October, April, May
    • PowerPoint (see below): Plants and Animals of the Piedmont Presentation
    • Additional file (see below): Plants and Animals of the Piedmont Presentation Outline
    • NCES, 2009: 2L1; 2L2; 2G2; 3H1; 3G1; 3L2
  • Piedmont Ecology The theme is the Piedmont ecosystem, from its natural state to the present day, focusing on the impact of human activities on the Piedmont ecosystem over time. The visit includes a walk in the garden and on the nature trail.
    • Grades 4 and 5; 2 hours; September, October, April, May
    • PowerPoint (see below): Piedmont Ecology Presentation
    • Additional file (see below): Piedmont Ecology Presentation Outline
    • NCES,2009: 4E2; 4L1; 4H1; 4G1; 5E1; 5L2; 5G1
  • Plants Around the World The themes are how plants adapt to diverse world environments; genetic characteristics of plant groups; and plant culture. The visit includes a walk in the garden and greenhouse.
    • Grades 3 and 5; 1.5 hours; February and March
    • Pre-visit Slideshow: The Winter Greenhouse
    • PowerPoint (see below): Plants Around the World Presentation
    • Additional file (see below): Plants Around the World Presentation Outline 
    • NCES, 2009: 3L2; 3G1; 3E2; 5L2; 5L3
  • Stream Ecology The themes are the interdependence of plants and animals in aquatic ecosystems and how natural processes like weather and human processes can effect plant and animal life. One session or two. Two sessions involves the set-up of the macroinvertebrate experiment.
  • A Morning in the Meadow This program explores our unique native meadow ecosystem. Activities allow students to identify the plants and animals that depend on meadow ecosystems, all while discovering the historical and ecological significance of these habitats.
    • Grades 4 and 5; 2 hours; September, October, April, May
    • NCES, 2009: 4.L.1, 4.L.1.1, 4.L.2.1, 4.P.1.1, 4.P.2, 4.P.3.1, 4.P.3.2, 4.EC.1.3, 4.G.1.3, 4.H.2.1; 5.E.1, 5.E.1.1, 5.L.1.1, 5.L.2.2, 5.L.2.3, 5.P.1.1, 5.P.1.4, 5.P.2.1, 5.P.3.2, 5.G.1.2
    • ELA and Math Standards also incorporated
Additional Programs
  • Naturalist in the Garden The theme is the use of writing and art as aids to understanding the natural world. The visit includes time in the greenhouses and gardens to practice writing and art skills that increase proficiency in scientific observation.
    • Grades 4 and 5; 2 hours; September, October, April, May
    • PowerPoint presentation (available by request) 
    • Enrichment program, does not meet NCES, 2009.
  • Trees of the Piedmont The theme is learning to identify and classify common native trees. The visit includes a walk on the nature trail to prepare leaves for a leaf collection.
    • Grades 4 and 5, Others by request; 2 hours; October and November
    • PowerPoint (see below): Trees of the Piedmont. Additional file (see below): Labels for the Leaf Collection

For further information call the Education Office at 336.758.3485 or e-mail gardens@wfu.edu


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