Educational Programs For 4K to Fifth Grade
It is our sincere desire that students will not only learn from Hatcher Garden, but also come to appreciate the beauty of nature.
We are proud to offer educational programs that are aligned with the South Carolina Science and Social Science Academic Standards for children in 4K to 5th grade. A dynamic and professionally written curriculum has been created specifically for Hatcher Garden. This curriculum includes activities and instructional guidelines to be used prior to fieldtrips in the garden, as well as follow-up activities to be used in the classroom after the visit to the garden. In addition, trained education guides accompany groups as they explore the garden to integrate the many fun activities specifically designed for each age group.
In order to make school-related field trips safer and more structured, the following guidelines and safety procedures have been implemented. NOTE: School groups will no longer be permitted to tour the garden without a reservation and a scheduled education guide.
Schools are required to make a reservation and schedule an education guide at least three weeks prior to the arrival date.
The maximum number of students per field trip is 80 and the minimum is 10. We can accommodate larger groups than 80 by scheduling two or more days.
There will be a $5 fee per student. There will be no charge for adult chaperones or teachers.
In the event of inclement weather, teachers must contact the Hatcher Garden office to reschedule the visit by 8:30 a.m. on the morning of the visit.
School groups may bring a picnic lunch and remain on grounds after tour.
Get our curriculum at the
beginning of each school year.
GRADE LEVEL: 4K & 5K
MAIN TOPICS: Animal habitats and conservation of our environment
SC STANDARDS CONCEPTS INTRODUCED IN CURRICULUM Science Standards K.L.2A and K.E.3A and Social Science Standard K-1
In this course, the garden sparks discussion about local animals, their needs (water, food, and shelter), and their life cycles, and displays the differences between habitats and homes. Activities involve all five senses and help students increase powers of observation. Since all of Hatcher’s animal life is wild, students interact with "show-and-tell" items to ensure a close look at nests, skins, insects, minnows, and more.
Seed in Need
GRADE LEVEL: 1st Grade
MAIN TOPICS: Plant parts, plant life cycle and different environments
SC STANDARDS CONCEPTS INTRODUCED IN CURRICULUM: Science Standard 1.E.4B. 1.L.5A and Social Science Standard 1-1
This course encourages the study of interaction between plants, animals, and people. Students use the garden to observe plants in various habitats and reinforce vocabulary about plant parts, needs, and uses.
Ant Lions, Tiger Swallowtails, and Wooly Bears, Oh My!
GRADE LEVEL: 2nd Grade
MAIN TOPICS: Different classes of animals and effects of weather on plants and animals
SC STANDARDS CONCEPTS INTRODUCED IN CURRICULUM: Science Standards 2.E.2A , 2.L.5A AND 2.L.5B
This course uses the garden’s inhabitants to teach the differences in classes of animals, reinforcing vocabulary like producer, consumer, and decomposer. Students learn about the effects of weather on the garden and the way trees can affect temperature. Interactive games introduce the inter-relatedness of animals, plants, and the environment.
GRADE LEVEL: 3rd Grade
MAIN TOPICS: Watershed ecology, protection of resources and food chains
SC STANDARDS CONCEPTS INTRODUCED IN CURRICULUM: Science Standard 3.L.5A
This course also focuses on watersheds and water conservation as seen in Hatcher’s water-wise garden, bio-retention pond, and pond system. Students use the garden and hands-on activities to illustrate food chains and reinforce vocabulary like herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, and scavenger.
GRADE LEVEL: 3rd Grade
MAIN TOPICS: Lifestyle of Native Americans in Upstate South Carolina
SC STANDARDS CONCEPTS INTRODUCED IN CURRICULUM: Social Science Standard 3-2
Students learn about Native Americans in Upstate South Carolina, their lifestyles, transportation, housing, food, and crafts, and observe various native species that were important to our native people.
Lifestyles of the Wild and Cultivated
GRADE LEVEL: 4th Grade
MAIN TOPICS: Life cycle differences of insects, reptiles, and mammals along with vocabulary reinforcement
SC STANDARDS CONCEPTS INTRODUCED IN CURRICULUM: Science Standards 4.L.5A and 4.L.5B
This course incorporates the garden and games to reinforce vocabulary like flowering, non-flowering, vertebrate, non-vertebrate, deciduous, and evergreen, and introduces students to differing life cycles of insects, mammals, and reptiles.
GRADE LEVEL: 5th Grade
MAIN TOPICS: Different ecosystems and organisms living in these ecosystems
SC STANDARDS CONCEPTS INTRODUCED IN CURRICULUM: Science Standards 5-4A and 5-4B
Students compare various habitats and design complex food chains while moving through the garden. Interactive games illustrate how biotic and abiotic factors affect organisms.