Homeschool Day

All About Botany
For students Kindergarten through grade 6

Tuesday, October 3 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Botany is the scientific study of plant life from biological structures to how plants function. Take a deeper look into the anatomy of plants, their life cycles and how they benefit our ecosystem. Learn how pollinators rely on plant structures to do their job! Visit our guest, the Butterbee Foundation, to discover how bees convert nectar to honey and how other popular pollinators prepare for seasonal changes. Join the Susquehanna Bonsai Club to discover what processes take place when they remove a leaf or branch to create miniature versions of trees and shrubs.

$11 per student, $13 per adult
Pre-registration required here, prior to October 1.
Includes admission to Hershey Gardens and the Butterfly Atrium.

Homeschool Day provides a service beyond regular Gardens admission, therefore, no discounts, passes, or memberships are accepted. Program will be held rain or shine.


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Homeschool Programs

Hershey Gardens is proud to offer programs to homeschool groups of 15 or more students from approximately the same grade level. Program options are below.

Green Thumbs

Preschool to Grade 3

Students will cultivate their own green thumbs as they explore the importance of living plants. Planting a seed to take home, tending to our garden and examining plants up-close are some of the activities students will enjoy. This trip will also include a visit to the Butterfly Atrium and Educational & Horticultural Wing.

Amazing Butterflies

Preschool to Grade 3
The highlight of this popular program is a tour of the Butterfly Atrium, featuring both native and tropical butterflies from around the world. Students will also learn about many of the unique characteristics of the butterfly in the Educational & Horticultural Wing.

Tree Walk Adventure

Mid-September to Mid-October
Grades 4 to 12

Students will enjoy a guided walk through Hershey Gardens to identify trees native to the Eastern United States, learn interesting facts about trees and see the conifer collection as they walk through the Arboretum.

Guided Garden Tour

Mid-April through November
Middle and High School

Enjoy a professionally guided tour of Hershey Gardens. Students will explore 23 acres and a variety of theme gardens. Tour lasts approximately 1 hour.

Self-Guided Tour

Mid-April through November
All Grades

Enjoy all the beauty and history of Hershey Gardens on your own time and at your own pace. A chaperone led Garden Quest will be provided.

Program Information

Programs and activity sessions are offered Monday through Friday on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs generally start at 10 a.m.. Earlier start times are available. Guided programs last approximately 1 hour. All programs include materials for a self-guided discovery walk through Hershey Gardens.

Fees: (minimum of 15 students or equivalent value)

  • $9 per student
  • 1 free adult with every 5 students
  • $10 per additional adult

Fees include your choice of one guided program, one self-guided quest and admission to the Gardens for the day. School programs provide a service beyond regular Garden admissions. Therefore, no discounts, passes or memberships are accepted for this program. Space available for packed lunches. Please include lunch request with reservation.

To schedule your School program, please click the button below and fill out our reservation form.

Field Trip Reservation Form