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Youth Education

Idaho Botanical Garden offers a variety of educational classes, camps, and school field trips for children of all ages. Over 11,000 youth visit the Garden each year for exciting discoveries with nature.

 

Upcoming Youth Education Classes

Garden on the RoadYouth Group ToursNature CampSeedlingsYouth Resources

Garden on the Road

When the plants are dormant in January & February, the Garden goes on the road to visit area daycare centers, preschools, and kindergartens.

This program engages student interest in the world of living things through lively audio/visual presentations, role-playing, and craft activities. Garden on the Road is appropriate for children 4 to 6 years of age.

The fee is $2/child, minimum group size is 10–24 children. For groups smaller than ten, $20 will be charged.

Contact Idaho Botanical Garden to be added to the mailing list, (208) 343-8649.

Youth Group Tours

These tours are designed to supplement school science curricula.  They run mid-April through October and last approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes. A minimum group size of 10 students is required, or a payment of $25.

Contact Idaho Botanical Garden at (208) 343-8649 to make reservations or to discuss the program.

Dates/Times

Monday–Friday, April-October
Spring/Fall tour times: 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

Summer tour times:
Call for availability, Wendy Irwin, Youth Education Coordinator, (208) 275-8612.

Cost

Students preschool through middle school/junior high: $2.50/student.
Adults (one with every five students): Free, $2.50/each additional adult.

Students high school through college: $4/student.
Chaperones (one with every five students): Free, $4.00/each additional adult.

Tour Types

Ready, Set, Grow!: Pre-K – 1st Grade

Ready, Set, Grow!: Pre-K – 1st Grade-Download Tour Packet

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This introduction to Idaho Botanical Garden encourages young students to use their senses to explore nature. During this lesson they will compare plants to themselves, learn about plant parts, meet a pill bug, and go on an exploratory walk through the Garden.

Wonders of the Water Cycle: Kindergarten – 1st Grade

Wonders of the Water Cycle: Kindergarten – 1st Grade

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The water cycle plays a major role in determining day-to-day weather. Through song, role-playing, a colorful experiment, and a nature walk, children gain a concrete understanding of what the water cycle is all about.

Habitats – 1st–2nd Grade

Habitats – 1st–2nd Grade

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Students are introduced to Garden plants and animals, and they discuss what those living things need to survive. Tour includes a song, a game, and a walk.

Flower Power (May Only): 2nd–3rd Grade

Flower Power (May Only): 2nd–3rd Grade

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Students participate in activities emphasizing the structure and function of flowers. Each student will help Idaho Botanical Garden bloom by planting a flower.

Seed Sense (Fall Only): 2nd–3rd Grade

Seed Sense (Fall Only): 2nd–3rd Grade

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Participants germinate and grow a fresh understanding of the importance of
seeds─their structure, function, and dispersal methods─through a variety of
instructional outdoor activities.

Lewis and Clark: 4th Grade

Lewis and Clark: 4th Grade

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During a tour of the Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden, students will discuss the purpose of the expedition and acquire an increased awareness of and appreciation for the role plants played in the lives of Idaho’s Native Americans and the Lewis and Clark Expedition members. They will practice conducting scientific plant research and will take back to school a plant sample to turn into an herbarium specimen.

Nature’s Garden: 4th–8th Grade

Nature’s Garden: 4th–8th Grade

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This tour is designed to awaken a naturalist’s curiosity about Boise Foothill ecology. The students on this ¾ mile hike will interpret the environment and discover the vital role plants play in this sagebrush ecosystem.

Fire!: 4th–8th Grade

Fire!: 4th–8th Grade

This tour discusses the role plants play in Idaho’s wildfires. Topics include native versus non-native invasive plants; factors that make a plant more, or less, flammable; and how to protect homes from wildfires.

Custom Tours, Elementary–Post-Graduate

Custom Tours, Elementary–Post-Graduate

Would you like to bring a group out to the Garden for a guided tour but none of the listed topics suit your needs? Contact (208) 343-8649 to request a custom tour. Let us know what you would like the guides to cover and we will work with you to create a tour that meets your interests.

Nature Camp

Nature Camp is a morning science program designed for children ages 4–9 to participate in games, crafts, and nature walks at Idaho Botanical Garden during July and August.

Each class meets Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.–noon. The campers are divided into two classes by age. Each class is limited to 20 children and is supervised by an adult teacher and two aides.

COVID-19 Planning and Camper Safety
We will be implementing several new policies to modify our programs. They are outlined below:

  • Group sizes will be reduced
  • Teachers will sign the children in and out
  • The children will be outside as much as possible (depending on weather)
  • At check in your child’s temperature will be checked with a touchless forehead thermometer, and they will wash their hands.
  • If the children are inside during drop off or pick up time, we are asking all parents or family members to wait on the bricks outside the classroom for a teacher to receive or return the child. Children will spend as much time outdoors as possible.
  • The teachers are collecting and returning children’s belongings at drop off and pick up times outside the classroom door
  • Camp activities will not include items passed from child to child. We are investigating good practices such as providing each child with their own supplies (scissors, crayons, tape, glue, etc.) to use during the week
  • Please know that we as staff will also be practicing vigorous hand washing, sanitizing, and will also be doing daily health checks

2020 Nature Camps

Wizarding Mini-camp - June 29

$45 members
$60 non-members

Ages: 7-9 (20 kids total)
Camp time: 9am-5pm 

Do you want to give your child a new experience this year but can’t swing the typical summer camp pickup times? This one is for you, working families! Welcome to our one-day magic camp for aspiring witches and wizards. From 9a-5p, campers will experience all the fun of our regular wizarding camps including fairy garden design, Quidditch, and wand crafting. (P.S. Don’t tell the muggles!)

Sign Up Today!
Seasons of Fun Camp - July 6-10

$80 members
$105 nonmembers

Ages: 5-6, 7-9 (20 kids in each age group)
Camp time: 9a-noon

How do you measure a year? In snowballs, in rainstorms, in flower buds, or hibernation? Join the Idaho Botanical Garden this week and experience seasons of fun! Campers will make instant snow, dissect flowers, and learn how to overwinter with local wildlife.

Sign Up for 5-6 Age Group!

 

Sign Up for 7-9 Age Group!
Outback Idaho Camp - July 13-17

$80 members
$105 nonmembers

Ages: 5-6, 7-9 (20 kids in each age group)
Camp time: 9a-noon

G’day, campers! It’s time to put on your hiking shoes, grab your binoculars, and go on a backyard exploration. Discover the critters who live in Idaho’s dry deserts, deep canyons, green forests, and rocky mountains. You may even find some amazing things living in the big city!

Sign Up for 5-6 Age Group!

 

Sign Up for 7-9 Age Group!
Creepy Crawly Camp - July 20-24

$80 members
$105 nonmembers

Ages: 4, 5-6 (20 kids in each age group)
Camp time: 9a-noon

Does the thought of a worm make your stomach churn? Are you shy around a fly? Would you ever hug a slug? Come explore the world through the eyes and senses of all things creepy crawly and discover how cool these creatures really are.

Sign Up for Age 4 Group!

 

Sign Up for 5-6 Age Group!
Incredible Journeys Camp -July 27-31

$80 members
$105 nonmembers

Ages: 5-6, 7-9 (20 kids in each age group)
Camp time: 9a-noon

Pack your bags and get ready for a week of world travel with some amazing plants and animals! Swim upriver with a salmon and take a turn around the globe with an Arctic tern. Surf the seas with a coconut and discover how many food miles your dinner travels before it reaches your plate.

Sign Up for 5-6 Age Group!

 

Sign Up for 7-9 Age Group!
Wizarding Camp - August 3-7

$80 members
$105 nonmembers

Ages: 5-6 (10 kids total)
Camp time: 9a-noon

Ages: 7-11 (10 kids total)
Camp time: 9a-noon

Calling young witches and wizards! Come hone your magical skills and explore the mysteries of the natural world during the Idaho Botanical Garden’s half-day wizarding camp. Create your own fairy garden, play Quidditch, and learn about transfiguration from some very knowledgeable pond critters.

Sign Up Today For Ages 5-6 ! Sign Up Today For Ages 7-11!
Dirt Made My Lunch - August 10-14

$80 members
$105 nonmembers

Ages: 4, 5-6 (20 kids in each age group)
Camp time: 9a-noon

…And it tastes so good! See how human and animal food comes from dirt. Dig in the dirt, plant seeds, harvest vegetables, sing songs, and meet an earthworm.

Sign Up for Age 4 Group! Sign Up for 5-6 Age Group!

Seedlings

Children aged 3–5 years are invited to come, with an adult, to play and learn at Idaho Botanical Garden’s Seedlings program in July and August.

During this program children will listen to a story, go on a nature walk and make a craft related to that day’s theme. The program starts at 10 a.m. and lasts for one hour.

Each child should come with an adult who will help during the activities.  There is limited space, so please register in advance.

To sign up, contact the Garden, (208) 275-8612 or register online. Let us know the child’s name, the adult’s name, a phone number we may call if there is a problem, and which time and date you would like.  If registering online, enter the child’s name as the registrant and your name in the billing information.

Admission: 

Applicable Regular Garden adult admission, plus $2 per child:

  • Member adult/child pair: $2
  • Senior Non-member/child pair: $8
  • Adult Non-member/child pair: $10

Regisration coming Spring 2020!!

The Secret Gardeners Story Time

I’ve always talked to plants. It’s a totally normal thing to do, right? At least that’s what I thought, until one day the plants started talking back to me. That was the day I got initiated into the Secret Gardeners Club. I was given a special key that opens doors to secret gardens all over the city – And some of those gardens? They’re pretty wild.

From the Idaho Botanical Garden, welcome to The Secret Gardeners Story Time. It’s the podcast for people – like you! – who are tuned in to nature.

Episode 01: Escape Room!

Wendy unlocks a door with her Secret Gardeners Club key, but when she gets stuck inside a secret garden, she needs some help escaping. Who better to ask for assistance than some of the world’s greatest escape artists: Plants!

Episode 1 Activities – K to 3rd
Episode 1 Activities – 4th to 6th
Episode 1 Science Standards
Episode 1 Transcript

 

Episode 2: Plant Sandwich

How do you collect plant specimens on an 8,000-mile expedition? And what do you do when the food in your fridge starts talking to you? Grab your Secret Gardener’s Club key and get ready for a time-hopping journey with Wendy as she seeks some answers.

Flower Press Activity Sheet
The Ethnobotany of Cattails Presentation
Episode 2 Transcript

 

Activity Sheets

To help our youth stay active and teach them about nature!

Map Your Habitat Activity Sheet!

 

Roly Polies Activity Sheet

 

Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt!

 

Lewis & Clark Adventure!