Harry P. Leu Garden is now offering home school classes once a month at Leu Gardens starting in September. The classes are priced for families: one adult and up to two children may attend for one price. The classes are geared for 9 to 12 year olds, so parents should be ready to assist younger children with projects and activities. Each class is priced separately so you can pick and choose which class you want to attend. All classes are 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and include admission to the Gardens. Please register online at Eventbrite . Questions? Please email email@example.com, or call 407-246-3621.
Fee for each class:
One adult and up to two children
Leu Member Family $15.00
Additional adults (Two per family maximum)
Leu Member Free
Leu Member $3.00
HOME SCHOOL CLASSES
Introduction to Incredible Invertebrates Friday, September 15
Students will meet many live invertebrates in this class that will challenge them to consider the important role insects and other invertebrates play in nature. We will discuss lifecycles, predator/prey, adaptations, and more. Students will be invited to create a habitat for a living example of complete metamorphosis that they can take home to observe!
Nature Printing Friday, October 13
Nature printing has been around for hundreds of years. Come enjoy this unique experience that combines science, history, nature, and art. Using fresh leaves and other plant parts we will “ink” each specimen with special textile paints to produce lovely wearable art, while learning the history behind this art form. Students should bring a white tee shirt to decorate. There is an additional $10 supply charge per participating child, payable to the instructor on this date.
Botany 101! Friday, November 17
The study of plants is fascinating and important since our very lives depend on them in so many ways! We will explore the basics of botany and then take a scavenger hunt in the gardens to find examples of what we learn. Students will also make a botanical take-home keepsake.
Living History of the Leu House Postpone due to hurricane damage to the Leu House.
The historic Leu House dates back to 1858. Over the years it had four interesting owners. In this class we will go back in time to imagine their lives and just what Orlando was like in the days they each called the property home. Through a partnership with the Orange County Regional History Center, their stories will come “alive” with a living history actor. A tour of the house, decorated for the holidays, will also be part of the adventure.
Animal and Plant Interactions Monday, January 19
Leu Gardens is thrilled to be hosting Nature Connects® Art with LEGO ®Bricks, January 9 thru April 22. These incredible sculptures throughout the gardens present nature concepts, such as animal and plant interactions. This class is geared for 12 – 15 year olds. Each student will receive a free copy of the middle school/YA novel Invasive Species by Sandi Linn, Education Supervisor at Leu Gardens. We will be discussing the novel and the environmental concepts it presents and visit the Nature Connects® sculptures in the gardens.
Botanical Origami Friday, February 19
This class will combine the art and history of origami with the beauty of plants. Enjoy learning this ancient art while creating your own masterpieces to take home.
Rainforest Wonders Friday, March 16
The plants of the rainforests have remarkable adaptations to thrive in these incredible biomes. We will discover secrets of the rainforests before taking a trek through the tropical stream garden to see these adaptations ourselves. We will consider treasures the rainforests provide us, even if we live far from them. We will also conduct a rainforest experiment to take home.
Wonderful Wild Wetlands Friday, April 13
Wetlands are full of life and provide important functions for the health of the environment. Florida is the perfect place to appreciate the value of the wetlands! We will play a wild wetland game before searching for some wetland animals out in the gardens, maybe even some we can only see under a microscope!
Power of Pollinators Friday, May 18
Every day we should thank the incredible pollinators for so much of the food we eat. In this class we will discuss what pollination is and how it is accomplished. Then we will venture out to the gardens to watch and identify the pollinators we are likely to see. We will make something very special for a pollinator that is probably found in your own yard.