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Flowers and Friends

Age Range: Grades 3-5

Cost: $12 per student. One adult is admitted free per every five students, additional adults are required to pay regular admission prices.

Group Size: minimum of 15 students, maximum of 80 students per day.

Flowers are so much more than their looks! In this workshop, students in third, fourth, and fifth grade will explore the important relationship between flowers and their pollinator friends. Each student will dissect an alstroemeria lily to examine the different parts of a flower and discover how different flower characteristics attract different pollinators. Admission to the Botanical Gardens, along with a self-guided scavenger hunt and time to explore our plant collections, is included.

This field trip supports the following NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards:

  • 3-LS-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse lifecycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

  • 3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

  • 3-LS4-2. Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.

  • 4-LS1-2. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

  • 5-PS3-1. Use models to describe that energy in animal’s food used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun.

  • 5-LS2-1. Support and argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.

  • 5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants (producers), animals (consumers), decomposers and the environment.

Reservations are required for all programs. Please reserve your programs at least three weeks in advance of the desired program date.


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