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Educational Program for Schools (canceled until further notice; no budget, no staff)

BF andkidsThe GBG is a unique outdoor classroom in interior Alaska.  Our goal is to promote and nurture young people’s interest in horticulture, plants, plant cultivation and conservation as well as management of Alaska's natural resources.  We offer docent-guided or self-guided educational opportunities from May through the beginning of October.  There is a small per-student charge for guided programs. Please call for more information.  Pre-registration is required for all school group visits.  Please call 474-7222 or email the GBG at gbgardensuaf@gmail.com to schedule a time. 

Before arriving for a guided program, please read about the program logistics.


Guided Program Descriptions

Pond Exploration - Students will explore the GBG pond and learn about pond life, search for invertebrates, examine them with hand magnifiers and identify them using dichotomous keys. Learn about plants that grow well in constructed ponds and the value of constructed wetlands in home and commercial landscapes. Spring, Summer, Fall.

Sensory WalkStudents will learn how to experience the garden not only by sight, but also by listening, smelling, touching and even tasting! Summer, Fall.

PLEASE NOTE:  Students will have the opportunity to taste various plants in the garden possibly including, but not limited to the following:  nasturtium flowers, chives, sage, and other culinary herbs.  If there are any students with allergies, please let us know.

Honey Bees and other pollinators – Students will be introduced to the art and science of beekeeping with information on basic bee biology and ecology.  Spring, Summer, Fall.

For More Information Contact:

Katie DiCristina




Georgeson Botanical Garden - P.O. Box 757200 - University of Alaska Fairbanks -
Fairbanks, AK 99775 - (907) 474-7222