School Programs

School Programs

At Leach Botanical Garden, we aspire to be a hands-on laboratory for environmental education that provides teachers and students with field trip options that are unique to the Garden. Please be aware that the maximum number of students in the Garden at any one time is 30.

Currently we offer the following educational opportunities:

  • Guided Field Trips – Preschool through 5th grade
  • Self-Guided Field Trips
  • Honeybee Hikes
  • Community Service Projects
  • Summer College Internships

Summer College Internship

The college internship program is designed to offer hands-on experiences for people aspiring to a career in horticulture, public gardening, and landscape design. The intern will work alongside horticultural staff and volunteers doing weeding, planting, watering, mulching, pruning, visitor interaction, plant labeling, inventory and collections record keeping, and public education. Staff and intern will identify a specific project to work on that suits both the Garden and intern. Educational field trips and public educational programs are offered to help broaden the student’s horticultural horizons.

College internships are typically offered during summer months. Look for the 2021 Internship Notice and Application Form to be posted in early spring 2021.

Guided Field Trips

Leach Botanical Garden is a wonderful place to learn about plants, animals and unique ecosystems. Guided field trips are often organized and led by our partner, Portland Parks & Recreation’s Environmental Education program. Visit their webpage to see cost, dates and other information on scheduling a field trip: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/62975

Contact their office directly for additional information: 503-823-3601

Self-Guided Field Trips

If you have a specific curriculum and do not need a Leach Garden educator, come explore the Garden on your own. To help you plan your trip, a trail map and bird guide can be downloaded on the right.

Self-guided school groups must pre-register but your visit is free. Please review the Educational Program Guidelines and submit a Registration Form at least three weeks before your visit – both documents are available below. We will make every effort to accommodate your requested date.

Honeybee Hike

A Honeybee Hike is a fun opportunity for preschool students to explore the Garden. Hike leaders take small groups along garden trails encouraging children to smell flowers, touch leaves, look for insects, or investigate nature through their senses. They also make a craft project, listen to a story.

2020 Honey Bee Hike are every Wednesday 10:00—11:00 am. from March through November.

Meets in front of the Manor House. $3.00 per 2-5 year old child. No preregistration required.

To request a weekday Honeybee Hike for your group of 10+ children and adults, outside of the regularly scheduled Wednesday hike, please complete and submit a Reservation Form at least three weeks in advance of your requested date.

Children’s Nature Fair will return in 2021 after the completion of the Upper Garden Development Project. Nature Fair is held in mid-May. Please check our calendar or sign-up for e-mail updates for more information about this event.

Community Service Projects

Community Service Projects are intended to provide an enriching learning experience with meaningful community service that benefits participants and the Garden alike. Projects are specific to the season and the groups’ interest and age. Past projects have included creating garden beds, restoring benches, caring for garden amenities and removing invasive plant species. Leach Garden staff accompanies all service work but adult chaperones must also work with students and provide management to ensure a successful project.

For more information, please contact the education coordinator at jvrilakas@leachgarden.org

Educational Program Guidelines

Please be sure to read over these crucial details before preparing for your group adventure here at Leach Garden.

Reservation Request Form

Please read carefully and complete fully before submitting this form. This is a required step for self-hosted group visits.

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Leach Botanical Garden

General Rules of Use

GARDEN HOURS

Monday Closed
Tuesday-Saturday 9am-4pm
Sunday 1pm-4pm

The Garden is closed for the month of January for routine maintenance. The Administrative office remains open.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Open 9am-12:30pm on Thanksgiving Eve & Christmas Eve.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

ADMISSION

Admission during regular Garden hours is free. Contributions are encouraged. Contributions support the operation of the Garden and our ability to offer programs and education.

Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and feel free to bring a water bottle.

Registration

Advance registration is required for all workshops, classes and events here at the gardens. Many activities have limited seating/attendance and are first come, first serve.

GARDEN ETIQUETTE

The Garden is a smoke-free and vape-free facility under PP&R rules.

Pets are not allowed.  Service animals are allowed.

Stay on the main trails.  Walking in the planted areas can damage plant collection specimens.

No bicycles or similar vehicles on trails or paths.

Do not pick flowers or seeds-they are part of our collection.

Children under 12 must accompany an adult.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Visitors are welcome to take pictures of the garden for personal use. However, garden etiquette requires respect for the ability of other visitors to enjoy the garden as well as respect for the grounds themselves.

All portrait, professional, commercial photography or any photography that comprises a 'photo shoot' or has the appearance of a 'photo shoot' requires advance arrangement with our rental staff and may require a fee. Contact us by email at rentals@leachgarden.org or by calling 971-832-9081. For more information, go to RENT.

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