Fall Homeschool Day - Trees

For Kindergarten Through 8th Grade

Tuesday, September 17 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(Families should arrive by 10:30 a.m. to ensure they have sufficient time to participate in all activities.)


Learning Stations (9:30 to 12:30):  
Engage in a variety of activities, including games and a craft table. All grades.

Arboretum Scavenger Hunt (9:30 to 12:30):
Explore the Arboretum with a kid-friendly scavenger hunt. All grades.

How Old Am I? (10:00, 11:00, & 12:00): 
Estimate the age of trees using your math skills. Cutting not necessary!  Upper elementary and middle school grades.

Tree Identification Presentation (10:00 & 11:00): 
Learn some basic approaches to identifying trees with Horticulturalist Specialist Alyssa Hagarman.  All ages.

Whooooo Are the Owls? By ZooAmerica (10:30 & 11:30):  
Learn about owls and their interesting adaptations.  All ages.

$8 per student,  $9 per adult
Pre-registration and ticket purchased is required before September 16 at noon. 


Homeschool Day provides a service beyond regular Gardens admission. 
Therefore, no discounts, passes, or memberships are accepted. 

Program will be held rain or shine.


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)
$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