School Tour Curriculum

Guided tours are linked to the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards. Many curriculum tours are also connected with STC units (Science & Technology for Children) from The Einstein Project. Related units are indicated with an “E” and the name of the unit. Pre and post-visit materials are available for the guided curriculum tours.

General Guided Tour (All Ages)

Take students through a tour of the Garden to explore plants and nature. This tour offers a fun and educational experience without following a set curriculum. This tour is ideal for a multi-aged children’s group.

E: N/A

Discovery in the Garden (Preschool-1st)

Students discover why we need plants and how we use them. Hands-on fun includes an activity where students build a food web and learn the different plant parts they eat. Students also have a lot of fun when they get to act like a tree and change with the different seasons. Just like the tree, their appreciation for nature will begin to grow.

E: N/A

Discovery in the Garden pre and post-visit materials.

Butterflies & Beyond (Kindergarten-2nd)

Metamorphosis will come to life in our outdoor classroom. Students will explore the life-cycles of flowers and butterflies and learn their basic needs. They’ll understand the changes that occur with the seasons, observe the weather and enjoy the sunshine.

E: Butterflies, Organisms & Weather

Butterflies & Beyond pre and post-visit materials.

Dredging for Decomposers (1st-3rd)

Dig deep to explore the mysteries that lie within the different soils at Green Bay Botanical Garden. Students search for decomposers, identify biodegradable materials and learn how worms are beneficial.

E: Soils & Organisms

Dredging for Decomposers pre and post-visit materials.

Seeds, Stems & Students (1st-3rd)

Students will get to hear about the adventures of a seed. They may even “leaf” out loud at the process of photosynthesis. The tour will be a creative way of learning about plant growth and plant parts.

E: Plant Growth & Development

Seeds, Stems & Students pre and post-visit materials.

Wisconsin Weather & Water (2nd-4th)

Do your students know that trees sweat? In this tour, students will discover how water moves through a tree. They’ll also get to learn about water in our pond, where they’ll search for invertebrate forms of life. Not only that, students will hear how Wisconsin’s climate determines what we can grow in the Garden.

E: Land & Water, Organisms

Wisconsin Weather & Water pre and post-visit materials.

Exploring Ecosystems (3rd-5th)

Visit Green Bay Botanical Garden’s three ecosystems: forest, aquatic and garden. Students will discover that each ecosystem has its own food chain that includes producers, consumers and decomposers. Students also get to learn about how different organisms live together to benefit each other.

E: Ecosystems

Exploring Ecosystems pre and post-visit materials.

Branching Out (6th-9th)

From roots to leaves, explore the mystery of deciduous plants. Students will learn the classification of annuals and perennials, including genus and species.

E: Organisms-From Macro to Micro

Winter Ecology (Elementary) – Available January to March

You might think the plants are dead, but they’re just sleeping! In this tour, students will learn all about the ecology of winter. They’ll learn how to identify tracks, scat and other signs of animal activity. They’ll also learn how and why some animals and plants use special adaptations to survive winter’s harsh weather.

E: N/A

Get Down To Earth Tour

Come and enjoy a hands-on experience in the Garden. Students will see and experience what it takes to make our gardens grow. This service learning project is a wonderful way to teach students about science and get them involved in the community. The free tour includes forty-five minutes of work followed by an opportunity for a self-guided tour.

Due to the work involved, this program is best suited for middle school students and above.

Contact Us

For more information on school tour curriculum, contact our Chip Refsguard, Education Coordinator, at 920.491.3691 ext. 107 or