Authentic, Engaging Experiences
Building on more than 85 years of excellence, Bok Tower Gardens provides authentic and engaging educational experiences. Our mission is to connect and engage learners of all ages through quality plant-based programming that fosters appreciation, builds knowledge, and cultivates awareness of plants, gardening, nature, and the environment.
All programs support the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Science and provide interdisciplinary connections to Florida Standards for Language Arts and Mathematics, and Next Generation Standards for Social Studies.
Bok Tower Gardens aims to provide five core educational values through its Education Department offerings:
- Authentic, Engaging Experiences
- Academic Excellence, Integrity & Respect
- Accessibility for All Audiences
- Advocacy of Relevant Education
- Alliance of Collaborative Partnerships
Exploration Programs & Discovery Days
Our school field trips offer hands-on science activities that support state curriculum guidelines. Programs for grades K-2 and 3-5 combine classroom-style lessons with garden exploration.
Discovery Days summer programs for children ages 6-12 are designed for kids to investigate and learn about the Gardens while discovering the mysteries and magic of nature. Each themed adventure features different hands-on activities and projects to keep young minds engaged.
School Program Registration Information
When registering for one of our Explorations school field trips, you will need to provide the following information:
- Name of contact and school
- Address, phone number and email
- Total number of students and adults
- Grade level
- Preferred program
- Arrival date and time
- Method of arrival
- Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance.
- To receive discounted group rates, payment must be made as one.
- Individual passes and member discounts may not be combined with group rates.
- Chaperones are encouraged! One complimentary teacher/chaperone for every five students.
- Picnic and nature activity area, restrooms, and water fountain are available near the bus parking area on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Free parking is included.