School Programs: 3rd Grade

Soil City (meets standard 3.L.2.4): Explore the world of ants, earthworms, pillbugs and other soil dwellers. Students examine basic soil properties throughout the garden and discover how soil supports the growth and survival of living things.

Plant Power (meets standard 3.L.2): Take a trip through the life cycle of a plant. Learn about the different parts of plants and how they work to help plants thrive in our “museum of plants.”

Discovery Garden: Introduce students to agriculture and sustainable gardening.  What parts of plants do we eat?  What’s the difference between a fruit and vegetable?  See bee hives, chickens, an orchard, vegetables and fruits, a historic tobacco barn and more.

Math in the Gardens: Measure, multiply and map your way through the garden. Learn about the different kinds of math our garden staff use to create and maintain our beautiful garden, and solve your own garden math problems.  Program content is adjusted to match appropriate grade-level standards.

Garden Walk: Observe seasonal highlights on a guided walk that introduces students to the biodiversity of Duke Gardens. Fee is $2 per student.

Haiku Trail into the Gardens (meets standards 3.C.1): Develop literacy skills and practice creative expression on a walk through the gardens. Learn about haiku structure and the poet Basho, then collect words that describe your sensory observations to assemble your own haiku.