American Horticultural Society River Farm

The American Horticultural Society has a long history of supporting gardening and outdoor learning. Maintaining a connection with the natural world helps youth develop healthy social skills, enhances school curricula, strengthens family ties, and fosters an understanding and appreciation of the environment and our place within it. River Farm in Alexandria, the Society's national headquarters, features the Children’s Garden designed specifically for kids and the way they play, explore, and learn. They also offer a variety of educational programs throughout the year. The beautiful grounds of River Farm are a perfect destination for school groups, Boy or Girl Scouts, and home school groups. If you would like to book a self-guided tour for your group of 5 or more children you must make a reservation by phone or email. AHS offers a variety of internships throughout the year at River Farm in the fields of Communications, Horticulture, and Member Programs.

Contact Info
Address: 7931 E Boulevard Dr., Alexandria, VA 22308. Fairfax County. Tel: 703-768-5700. Email: education@ahs.org. Website: www.ahs.org. Hrs: Mon. - Fri. 9AM - 5PM.

Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Free (Fee for groups).

SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Environmental Science.

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