School Programs: 2nd Grade

Bug’s Life (meets standard 2.L.1.2): What are insects? Where do they live? Learn about garden insects, including their lifecycles, by studying them in their natural habitat.

DOUBLE EXPOSURE: Connecting Science and Art at Duke Gardens and the Nasher Museum of Art (meets standards 2.E.1, 2.L.1.2): Students will sharpen observational skills, practice collecting data, discover connections between science and art, and engage in hands-on discovery as they visit both Duke Gardens and Nasher Museum in a single day. This program includes 80 minutes of guided tours at each venue with a 50-minute lunch break. Students/schools bring their own lunch. Free for DPS second-grade students; for all other groups, standard fee applies. To register, go to or contact the Nasher’s education office at 919-684-1169.

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.