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Programs for Schools

Mass Hort has many learning opportunities for students and schools. Check out opportunities below for the Plantmobile, which brings plant science programs to your school, on-site field trips, and our school garden.


The Plantmobile

Mass Hort’s Plantmobile is a traveling plant science program that brings workshops to your classrooms. We provided hands-on educational programs for students in pre-K to grade 8. Plantmobile programs are designed to provide students with a rewarding horticultural experience. Programs are offered on a variety of topics and activities coincide with elementary school plant science curriculum and standards.

Get Growing!
Sing songs, read stories and plant something! Kids will get a fun introduction to plants, learn their parts and find out what they need to grow. (Typically 20-30 minute program)
What Do Plants Need?
Students will plant a seed or seedling, learn what plants need to grow and why people need plants. (30 or 60 minute programs available)
Flower to Seed
The Plantmobile will bring flowers and seeds to dissect, and students will learn the different parts of plants and flowers, and their functions
Habitats and Ecosystems
What makes a forest different from a marsh? What are the differences between plants that grow there? Students will learn about adaptations that plants have developed across different ecosystems. They will learn how the abundance or lack of light, soil, and water affects a plant’s growth.
Life Cycles in the Garden
Plants grow from seeds, produce flowers, fruit and more seeds. The insects that make fruit possible go through metamorphosis. Using skills of observation, students will discover different life cycles that make plants, flowers, and fruits possible
Secrets in the Garden
This program showcases beneficial organisms which help maintain a balance in a healthy ecosystem. Learn about types of relationships in an ecosystem and special plant adaptations that attract helpful critters.
Students will discover what goes on in a leaf, and how that process serves all food webs. Students will examine a variety of leaves; learn their function and their basic terms, as well as identification of several trees through leaves.
Build Your Own
Plantmobile staff will work with educators to incorporate classroom content into a hands-on engaging program focused on plant science. Call now!
Growing Plants & Growing Bodies
Students will explore nutritional topics as they pertain to the plants they can grow in their own gardens
Hands-On Gardening!
Students will learn the basics of gardening and plant life cycles as they connect to your classroom activities. Depending on the season, students may investigate and start seeds, explore compost, celebrate the harvest or put the garden to bed. In addition to plant and garden care, math and science applications will be central to the activities. (Presented in your school garden spaces.)


Unless otherwise noted, programs are 60 minutes (50 minute lesson with 10 minutes for set-up and clean-up)
Mass Hort requires a minimum of 2 sessions per booking.
Maximum of 25 students per session

To learn more and to book a Plantmobile visit, please contact Katie Folts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 617-933-4973.

Field Trips at The Gardens at Elm Bank
Get Outside and Explore! Mass Hort offers year round opportunities for learning. School groups can explore the gardens, the woodland trails along the Charles River, and our teaching greenhouse.

Garden Explorations

Activities vary to take advantage of seasonal changes in the gardens. Students will explore the natural environment and gain an understanding of life cycles, wonder at the connections within an ecosystem, and hone their skills of observation.
Walk along the Charles

Take a walk in any season to see what grows and lives in our native woods and waterways.
Indoor Horticulture Workshops

Students can propagate plants from seeds, cuttings and transplants and learn cultivation skills to care for their plants at home. Explore our greenhouses or gardens and learn how our work is done. A great kickoff to a plant unit.
Seed to Table

Learn about our food system from planting a seed to enjoying a meal. Year-round programs will be held in our gardens and greenhouse.

Mass Hort has self-guided explorations of both Weezie’s Garden for Children & the entire 12 garden campus.

Ask us about our Seed Lending Library, take something back to school and grow with us!

For booking, rates and more information: contact Katie Folts at 617-933-4973 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mass Hort School Garden Program

Mass Hort’s School Garden Program

Over 100 years ago, Mass Hort brought the school garden movement to the United States. We are excited to continue that tradition by organizing an annual School Garden Conference (in February) and hosting workshops throughout the year to give educators, administrators, parents and volunteers the skills and knowledge they need for successful school garden programs in their communities.

Learn more about the School Garden Conference here.

Mass Hort’s School Garden Resource site is an ever-growing collection of information and materials for school gardens of all sizes. Find garden plans, curriculum, funding information and more at the Mass Hort School Garden Resource site.


About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Mass Hort logo newFounded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

Mass Hort Classes & Events

Tue May 22 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Improve Your Watercolor Skills - Morning Course
Tue May 22 @12:30PM - 03:30PM
Improve Your Watercolor Skills - Afternoon Course
Tue May 22 @ 1:00PM - 05:00PM
CANCELLED - Landscaping for Watershed Health
Thu May 24 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Greenhouse Growing
Wed May 30 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
Spring Landscape Tour
Wed Jun 06 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Thu Jun 07 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Bio-control of Lily Leaf Beetles
Tue Jun 12 @ 1:00PM - 04:30PM
Eco Printing: Fiber art workshop
Tue Jun 26 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Explore the Teaching Herb Garden
Wed Jul 11 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Art of Planting Design
Wed Jul 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Summer Stroll: Garden tour
Sun Jul 22 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
What's Buggin' Me?
Sat Aug 04 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Fall Planting Workshop
Thu Aug 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
A Summer Stroll: Garden Tour
Sun Aug 12 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Meditations in Ink with Bruce Iverson