Building on more than 80 years of excellence, Bok Tower Gardens provides authentic and engaging educational experiences.
The mission of the Education Department is to connect and engage learners of all ages in quality programming that creates appreciation, knowledge and awareness of the environment, art, history and culture. All programming and field trips meet Florida Sunshine State Standards, FCAT and Polk County Learning Maps benchmarks. Designed to be an extension of your classroom, programs include our Tools for Teachers Curriculum Guide to use before and after your field trip experience.
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
Tools for Teachers Curriculum Guide
This guide was created as a foundation of learning for students before, during and after their visit to the Gardens. It will help them explore, discover and understand the Gardens beauty, history, nature and art. The curriculum covers Science & Nature, Visual & Performance Arts, and Culture & History. The lessons in this program correlate with the Sunshine State Standards and the Polk County Learning Maps. These are indicated with each lesson.
At the Gardens, students can engage in the following activities:
- The Gardens – Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., the Gardens offer tranquil resting places, shady recesses, picturesque vistas, expansive splashes of colors, ponds, Florida wildlife and natural settings as well as the unique opportunity to see endangered plants found along the Lake Wales Ridge and nowhere else in the world.
- The Singing Tower – The 205-foot neo-Gothic and art deco carillon tower is one of the finest works of architecture in America. Students can hear the 60-bell carillon throughout the day every half hour.
- Pinewood Estate – Guided tours of the 1930s Mediterranean-style Pinewood Estate allow students to experience the luxurious lifestyle of C. Austin Buck, an early 20th-century industrialist.
- The Visitor Center – Designed for large groups, the Visitor Center features the orientation theater, historical museum, café and gift shop. Here students can explore and delve into the fascinating history and life of Edward W. Bok, learn about the Gardens creation, and discover first-hand about the craftsmanship of the Singing Tower and carillon bells.
Download the Tools for Teachers Curriculum Guide