Spring Homeschool Day - Celebrating Biodiversity

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Students can participate in a variety of activities, including a craft and learning stations around the theme of biodiversity. Additionally, two presentations will be featured. The Biodiversity of Bees will be presented at 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00. The Biodiversity of Animals will be presented at 10:30 and 11:30 by ZooAmerica. Activities are appropriate for Kindergarten to 8th Grade. Outdoor picnic tables are available for packed lunches. We recommend all families arrive by 10:30 a.m. This is a rain or shine event. Homeschool Day admission includes entrance into the indoor Butterfly Atrium and exterior 23 acres.

$8 for Students (all children ages 3 and over must have a ticket.)
$9 for Adults (all adults must have a ticket.)

Pre-registration is required and can be done here. Registration closes on April 21.

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.

A Day in the Life of an Eastern Woodland Native American Indian

November through February
Preschool to Grade 3
Explore the important role of nature in the everyday life of the Eastern Woodland Native American Indians. Students will learn how Native Americans used natural resources to feed, clothe and shelter themselves. Students will grind corn, use pump drills and handle regional artifacts. This trip will include a visit to the Butterfly Atrium.

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)
$8.00 per student
1 free adult with every 5 students
$9.00 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.

Reservation Form