Tower Hill Botanic Garden

 
Visit Tower Hill Botanic Garden to explore various displays of the finest horticulture in the New England area. The 171-acre property is home to 17 gardens filled with ornamental, edible, and native plants. Explore Tower Hill’s several galleries featuring nature-inspired art or stroll through the gardens and along the trails. The garden’s robust program and event schedule make Tower Hill a year-round destination for students, scouts, and homeschool groups. Be sure to make time for a group lunch at Farmer and the Fork (formerly Twigs Café) on site.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505. Worcester County.
Tel: 508-869-6111
Hrs: See website for hours.
 
SCHOOL
Tower Hill’s educational programs aim to engage students in the world of botany, gardening, and horticulture with hands-on experiential learning activities. Students will plant seeds, dissect flowers, make observations, collect data, lend a helping hand in the youth garden, and study a wide variety of plants up close. All programs are 90 minutes in length and are led by experienced Teacher Naturalists. Tower Hill’s educational offerings include pre and post visit activities and are designed to meet Next Generation Science and Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering curriculum standards.
 
Contact Info
Name: Marissa Gallant, Youth Education Manager
Phone: 508-869-6111 ext. 132
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-12
Group Size: 60 maximum.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 1:10
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: Available for Purchase. 
Cost: Fee.
Accessible To: PD.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Science, Art.
Topics Covered: STEM, environmental studies, horticulture, botany, plants, life cycles, seasons, ecosystems.
 
 
 
SCOUTS
Brownies, Juniors, Wolf Scouts, and Webelos can work on badges at Tower Hill through select programs. Scouts will enjoy learning about gardening and making observations about plant life through outdoor exploration, scavenger hunts, seed planting activities, art, and more. All programs are 90 minutes in length and are led by experienced Teacher Naturalists.
 
Contact Info
Name: Marissa Gallant, Youth Education Manager 
Phone: 508-869-6111 ext. 132
 
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-5th
Group Size: 60 maximum.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: Available for Purchase. 
Cost: Fee.
Accessible To: PD.
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Science, Art.
Topics Covered: Gardening, environmental studies, horticulture, botany, plants, life cycles, seasons, ecosystems, visual art, music. 
 
 
HOMESCHOOL
Tower Hill’s educational programs aim to engage students in the world of botany, gardening, and horticulture with hands-on experiential learning activities. Students will plant seeds, dissect flowers, make observations, collect data, lend a helping hand in the youth garden, and study a wide variety of plants up close. All programs are 90 minutes in length and are led by experienced Teacher Naturalists. Tower Hill’s educational offerings include pre and post visit activities and are designed to meet Next Generation Science and Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering curriculum standards.
 
Contact Info
Name: Marissa Gallant, Youth Education Manager 
Phone: 508-869-6111 ext. 132
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-12
Group Size: 60 maximum.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: Available for Purchase. 
Cost: Fee.
Accessible To: PD.
 
Topics Covered: Science, environmental studies, horticulture, botany, plants, life cycles, seasons, ecosystems, visual art, music. 
 
 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Botanical Garden Lesson Plan

The diverse world of plants is perhaps the weirdest, and most fascinating, of all living things. Students act like plant hunters to observe plant life. Do a little digging on your next trip to a botanical garden (not literally!), and see what interesting plant facts you can find.... Continue