The Quad City Botanical Center offers a variety of educational programs for families, schools, youth groups, and more. Please review the following links to learn more about your options! To schedule a tour or register for a program, please contact our Education Department at 309/794-0991 ext. 208 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support!
Hands-on, interactive programs for your preschool aged children. We offer three programming activities for your little sprouts!
Option 1: "Sun Garden and Tops & Bottoms"
This program includes an interactive tour of our exciting tropical Sun Garden and an interactive activity that teaches students different parts of the plants we eat. This program is 1 hour long, broken down into two 30 minute sessions. The cost of this option is $3 per student with 1 adult being free for every 10 students. To book the option 1 activities please contact our Education Department at 309/794-0991 ext 208 or e-mail at email@example.com
Option 2: "Sun Garden and Greenhouse"
program includes an interactive tour of our exciting tropical Sun Garden as well as learning about greenhouses, the plants that are grown inside, and how to plant their own plants. This program is approximately 1 hour long, broken down into two 30 minute sessions. The cost for this option is $3 per student with 1 adult being free for every 10 students. To book a tour please contact our Education Department at 309/794-0991 ext 208 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Option 3: "Story Time in the Sun Garden"
This option includes a nature-themed story as well as an exploration through the Sun Garden. If time allows, students will also feed the fish. This program is approximately 45 miniutes long and the cost is $3 per student. We allow one free adult per 10 students for this program.
Elementary (K-5th Grade)
Bring your class to tour the Sun Garden or try their hand at planting in the greenhouse. We have a variety of activities that correlate with your classroom curriculum! Each option will require approximately 25 minutes to complete. Please select 2 to 3 activities below.
For the Kindergarten through 2nd Grade classes we strongly recommend teachers to select 2-3 of the following activities for this age level: Butterfly Life Cycle, Frog Life Cycle, Flower Parts, Carnivorous Plants, Water Cycle Game, Sun Garden Safari, and Greenhouse Discovery.
For the 3rd through 5th grade classes we strongly recommend teachers to select 2-3 of the following activities for this age level: Leaf Printing, Butterfly Life Cycle, Frog Life Cycle, Carnivorous Plants, Water Cycle Game, Rainforest Video, Sun Garden Safari, Greenhouse Exploration, and Outdoor Garden Exploration.
Sun Garden Safari:
[Available year round] Student groups will explore the collection of tropical plants in the Sun Garden and learn about plant features using their five senses. Students will experience our Sun Garden through a scavenger hunt.
[Weather Permitting] Recommended for 3rd - 5th Grade, this option is available for students who want to learn plant adaptations/texture in the winter, the life cycle of plants in the spring, or plant/insect interactions in the summer (If this option is chosen and the weather does not cooperate, the Sun Garden Safari may be substituted on the day of your visit).
Get ready to get your hands dirty! Students will enjoy an exploration of various aspects of our living world. Students may plant a seedling to take home, explore the parts of a plant and plants functions, learn about worms, and/or discover plants from around the world.
Butterfly Life Cycle:
All ages will learn about the body parts and life cycle of these important pollinators. Students will create a butterfly clip to take home.
Frog Life Cycle:
Students will learn about the life cycle of this amphibian. Students will also create a frog hand puppet to take home.
Students will be introduced to the fascinating world of meat-eating plants. The students will also get to hand craft their own carnivorous plant!
Water Cycle Game:
Water is essential to all living things. Students will learn how important this limited resource is as they become a water molecule and travel through the cycles.
Students will explore the basic parts of a plant and use their creativity to construct a paper plant to take home.
Students will enjoy creating prints based off of a variety of flowers and leaf plates.
Keep in mind that large groups (>60 kids) or groups with more time available may be asked to select an additional activity. The cost is $4 per student for up to 3 activities; additional activities are $1 each. For large groups with a limited budget, we can also provide a teacher-led activity at no additional cost. We allow one adult for every 10 children.
Junior High - High School Tours
We have age-appropriate explorations for your teens that include three – 30 minute activities.
Sun Garden Safari Tour:
[available year round] tour of the tropical Sun Garden will introduce students to tropical plants we use every day, like bananas, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, spices, perfumes and more. This tour will open their eyes to the importance of the international world.
Outdoor Garden Exploration:
[weather permitting] option is available for students who want to learn about seeds in the fall, plant adaptations/textures in the winter, the life cycle of plants in the spring, or plant/insect interactions in the summer (If this option is chosen and the weather does not cooperate, the “Sun Garden Safari” tour may be substituted on the day of your visit).
Students will learn about plant adaptations and propagation through planting a seedling to take home. If time allows, history of greenhouses may be provided.
Small teams will be challenged to create a miniature scale working structure using materials provided.
Other Children's Groups
Home School groups, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and camps are all welcome to tour our facility and participate in our many hands-on activities.
Educational programs are also available for groups outside the school setting, including Home School groups, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, camps, and more! Please review program options under the appropriate age heading for your group (previous page).
Programs may be available after hours and weekends. Please contact our Education Coordinator at 309-794-0991 ext 25 or email@example.com to discuss options and/or to schedule a program.
Educational program fees are $4 per student. Larger groups (more than 60 students) may be required to add an additional activity at $1 extra per student.
Children's groups with fewer than 10 students will be charged $5 per student. Adult drivers are free with a 1:10 parent/child ratio preferred.
Payment is requested upon arrival.
Tour Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of experience will my students have at the Quad City Botanical Center?
Educational Programs at the Quad City Botanical Center are guided by staff and/or trained volunteers. Programs are designed to enhance classroom curriculum through hands-on interactive learning experiences in our gardens, greenhouse and/or supplemental activities. Our programs provide age-appropriate guided activities to help youth understand the tremendous value plants have in their everyday lives.
How much does an Educational Program cost at the Botanical Center?
Educational program fees are typically $4 per student, depending on programming. Larger groups (more than 60 students) may be required to add an additional activity at $1 extra per student. Other children's groups with fewer than 10 students will be charged $5 per student. Non-school group chaperones will be charged $2 per adult, with no free chaperones, regardless of number of students. Payment is requested upon arrival.
How many students can participate in an Educational Program at the Botanical Center?
We require a minimum of 10 paid students for a program. To facilitate learning, schools may be asked to divide their students into small groups to rotate through activities. For example, a school with 60 students would divide into 3 groups of approximately 20 students each. Large classes (more than 60 students) may be asked to add an additional activity to create smaller groups. The fourth activity can either be led by a Botanical Center guide for an extra $1 per student or a teacher-led activity at no extra cost (ex: rainforest movie).
What if our group does not have time to visit the Gift Shop?
Blooming Bags are grab bags filled with fun items such as temporary bug tattoos, stickers, and other items selected to help the child remember their visit to the Botanical Center. Blooming Bags are $2.00 each, and must be ordered one week in advance.
How do we schedule an Educational Program at the Botanical Center?
Setting up an Educational Program is easy:
1) Review the Program Descriptions to select activities that complement your classroom work.
2) Call the Education Department, to arrange a DATE & TIME for your visit : (309) 794-0991 ext. 208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a list of general rules that you need to share with your students before they come for their visit:
1. As with all field trips, the behavior of the students is the ultimate responsibility of the teacher, and he/she is expected to continue his/her supervisory role over the students while they are visiting the Center.
2. Please remind your students:
a). There is no running on the Botanical Center property—both inside and outside.
b). There is no playing in any of the ponds or touching the fish.
c). Though they might be tempted, students should keep their hands off of the plants so they are not harmed and so other visitors may continue to enjoy them.
d). The difference between inside voices and outside voices; i.e. no yelling inside the building.
Reminding your classes of these rules will help ensure a positive relationship between your students and the Botanical Center, and a more positive experience for your class. In the meantime, we will do our best to help your students appreciate the beautiful plants that they might not otherwise have access to. We look forward to meeting your group!
--The Staff and Volunteers of the Quad City Botanical Center