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 Gardens Experience

Students explore selections from the expansive Huntington botanical collections to discover connections between plants, places, and people. This 90-minute, volunteer-facilitated experience makes four stops, where students are guided through close looking and collective meaning-making. Selections on the tour rotate regularly and are according to volunteer expertise – students might learn about an environment from anywhere in the world! Students leave with an understanding of the relevance of gardens to their own lives. K-12 appropriate.

 

Accommodates: 100 students maximum (subject to change)
Offered on: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m.

 

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 Cross-Collections Experience 

Students will enjoy selections from our art collections, library and gardens to explore how and why people collect. During this 90-minute, volunteer-facilitated experience, students are guided through close looking, critical thinking and collaborative meaning-making. Selections on the tour rotate regularly and are according to volunteer expertise – students might step in to the world of Henry and Arabella Huntington, explore the connection between nature and culture, or consider collecting through the lens of science discovery! Students will connect with the Huntington’s collections and leave with a sense of how collecting remains relevant today. K-12 appropriate.

 

Accommodates: 100 students maximum (subject to change)
Offered on: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m.

 

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 Adaptations in a Changing World

Students explore adaptations that allow plants to thrive in desert-like environments. Through observation in the Desert Garden, students will learn how plants’ color, shape, and surface texture can be adaptive and to predict how plant forms help them function in a changing environment.

 

Grade Levels: 3 – 6
Accommodates: 50 students maximum
Offered on: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m.

 

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 Seeds, Soil & Surprises 

Students discover the joys of sensory learning while visiting stations on roots, leaves, and seeds. Classes visit both the Teaching Greenhouse and the Conservatory for Botanical Science and plant their own seeds to take back to the classroom. Additional resources available on Seeds, Soil, and Surprises.

 

Grade Levels: K – 2
Accommodates: 50 students maximum
Offered on: Wednesdays and Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m.

 

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 Japanese Garden 

Presented by the San Marino League:
This program introduces students to traditional Japanese gardens as an art form and contrasts them with traditional European-style gardens. Students will visit a 19th-century Japanese house and examine garden sculpture, a Zen garden, and plants native to Japan.

 

Grade Levels: 4 – 12
Accommodates: 40 students maximum
Offered on: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m.

 

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About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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