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Geography in the Garden

Explore our beautiful Gardens while using maps and compasses to navigate an orienteering course. Learn basic mapping skills and cardinal directions to interpret our location on the Earth's surface.

K-2: Students are introduced to standard map components and skills and complete a string orienteering course.

3-5: Students compare different types of maps. They create a map as a group and practice map reading skills before completing an orienteering course in small groups.

6-8: Students identify key components used on maps and discuss how and why maps are useful. They create individual maps and practice map reading skills before completing an orienteering course in small groups.

Pre- and Post-Activities for Landmark

National Standards for Geography

  • Standard 1: Understands the characteristics and uses of maps, globes, and other geographic tools and technologies.
  • Standard 2: Knows the location of places, geographic features, and patterns of the environment.
  • Standard 3: Understands the characteristics and uses of spatial organization of Earth’s surface.
  • Standard 4: Understands the physical and human characteristics of place.

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K-8 Curriculum Programs

Mathematics

Uncover the mysteries of mathematics that lie hidden in our Gardens with experiential learning that highlights geometry and measurement.

Science and Technology

Choose from Operation Pollination, Life Circles, H2O, Beyond Recycling, and Natural Engineering.

Social Studies

Explore topography by using maps and other geographic tools that assist with the navigation and interpretation of our section of the Earth’s surface.

Arts and Humanities

Students will embark on an artistic garden voyage that explores the enticing world of garden-inspired art.