Let’s investigate the quality of our water by collecting water samples in the garden. Lesson: Water, Water Everywhere Level: 4th Grade...
The Living Lab | Learning in the garden
The mission of the Living Laboratory program is to have each student personally and actively engaged in thought-provoking, conservation-minded lessons that are aligned to the Sunshine State educational standards. Our learners develop an awareness of the land, our resources and our unique biodiversity.
We cover the state-mandated benchmarks and we include hands-on, interactive activities that promote field investigation and personal, conscious, ethical thinking and discussions. We develop environmentally conscious learners.
The Living Lab: K – 6
The Living Lab program is a collaborative effort between the Key West Botanical Garden and the Monroe County School District, which serves over 3000 children.
Our program actively involves students. Students become “scientists” and collect information to answer questions about the world around them.
What we do
The staff of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden work with teachers and administrators to create interactive lesson plans for use during visits to the garden.
Students are welcome to return to the garden to work on their projects. The garden features educational programs for students throughout the year.
Schedule your class trip
Ready to explore The Living Lab? Contact us to set up your class trip. We work with teachers to coordinate visits and create custom workshops for students. It’s fun. It’s educational. And it’s great to be outside in the gardens!
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Explore and download our lesson plans
Each of our six lesson plans are created to engage students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Their interactive format ensures students get the most from their learning experience in the botanical garden and tropical forest.
Simply click on a lesson plan for complete details and to download a copy.