Winter Homeschool Day

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Students can explore the Eastern Woodland Native American Interactive Exhibit from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., as they discover the important role of nature in the everyday life of the Eastern Woodland Native American. Students will learn how Native Americans used natural resources to feed, clothe and shelter themselves, as they grind their own corn, use pump drills, and handle regional artifacts. Storytelling and a craft will also be incorporated for the younger crowd. 

ZooAmerica will feature native Pennsylvania species from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Students will learn about animals that inhabit the hills and woodlands of Pennsylvania. Zoo staff will give an informative presentation that includes living animals. 

Additionally, Homeschool Day admission includes entrance into the indoor Butterfly Atrium and exterior 23 acres.

$8 for Juniors (all children ages 3 and over must have a ticket.)

$9 for Adults (all adults must have a ticket.)

We recommend all families arrive by 10:30 a.m.

Preregistration is required for this event - registration is closed.


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

Year-Round
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

Year-round
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 1/2 hours. 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