Home School Classes

Home School Classes

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 sandra.linn@cityoforlando.net, or call 407-246-3621.

Fee for each class:

One adult and up to two children
Leu Member Family $15.00
Non-Member $20.00

Additional adults (Two per family maximum)
Leu Member    Free
Non-Member $10.00

Additional children
Leu Member               $3.00
Non-Member              $4.00


Insects of Florida                                                                                Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

Florida’s mild sub-tropical climate allows for a wide diversity of insects to thrive.  Some are amazing and very beneficial, but some are – well – not so easy to love!  In this class we will discuss, and meet, many of the interesting insects that call Florida home and also trek out to the Gardens for an insect adventure.


Botany 101!                                                                                        Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

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.


Animal Life at Leu                                                                              Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

Harry P. Leu Gardens is a 50 acre oasis that is not only beautiful but also provides a habitat for a large number of native (and maybe a few non-native) animal species.  In this class students will be challenged to consider just what vertebrate species have been spotted on the grounds through a fun interactive game.


Tree-mendous Trees                                                                          Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

Trees are all around us, but how often do we stop to really consider them?  Trees have a fascinating secret life that is fun to explore.  We will discuss amazing tree facts before we venture out on a trek to appreciate some of the wonderful trees at Leu Garden.  You will make an awesome tree keepsake to take home.


Jelly Making!                                                                                     Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

In the Leu Gardens Kitchen your child can step back into the past to learn the history and experience the art of old fashioned jelly making!  This class is taught by our jelly making expert, Bonnie.  Students will take home several samples along with make-at-home step by step recipes and directions.  This class is limited to 15 students.


Food for Thought                                                                               Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

When you ate breakfast this morning did you stop to consider the source of the food you ate?  Have you ever wondered who the first people to eat carrots were?  Or how about peanuts?  We will have fun considering the history of some of the food we grow and you will be challenged to consider where some of your favorite foods come from. We will also be treated to a tour of the vegetable garden with the Director of Leu Gardens, Robert Bowden, our resident vegetable expert.


Bizarre Life of Plants!                                                                         Friday, April 12, 2019

There are many plants that have adapted strange forms of defense and/or survival.  We will take an imaginary trip around the world to discover the most unusual, sometimes scary, but always fascinating plants that share our planet.


Living History of the Leu House                                                        Friday, May 17, 2019

The historic Leu House dates back to 1858Over 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.