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Farm and Garden Field Trips

Berkshire Botanical Garden offers age and grade appropriate programming for schools, homeschoolers, youth organizations, preschoolers, and daycare centers. BBG Programs cultivate scientific discovery through framework-based instruction and memorable hands-on activities that allow students to draw upon prior knowledge and extend learning into new areas.

The Farm and Garden program aims to empower students to take ownership of their work through gardening, as well as foster a sense of community between students through social-emotional learning. If you would like to visit for a field trip or another program, please contact BBG’s Director of Education Jennifer Patton at jpatton@berkshirebotanical.org.

1-5 chaperones should be provided by the visiting organization. Price per child is $10. Cancellations made more than a week prior will get a full refund.

Groups are welcome to bring a bagged picnic lunch to the garden and eat on grounds before or after program. Please note that there are no indoor dining facilities at BBG.

We ask that groups please wear appropriate clothing for outdoor learning. In the event of severe weather, groups will have the option to reschedule their program.

Senses in the Garden

Take a tour of the garden using all five senses. Students will experience the sights, smells, sounds, textures, and tastes of materials found in the garden, and practice descriptive language and communication skills. 

Seed Study

Explore the life cycle of a plant through story and observation, with particular attention to seeds and their dispersal. After learning about the necessities of plant life, each student will construct a germination chamber and start an observation journal to take home and record the growth of their own seedling.

Soil Recipe

Students will make a soil recipe and plant their own seedling. Students will feel different components of the soil recipe (sphagnum, compost, vermiculite, sand) and learn what each does. Students will compare absorbency and density between soil components.