Cape Fear Botanical Garden

The Garden School

Looking for a way to help your child get excited about learning in an age of virtual classes? Garden School provides a joyful, outdoor, exploratory experience that supplements home school, virtual school, or part-time in-person learning. Trained educators will guide your child through grade level science curriculum with a combination of home explorations, virtual classes, and socially distanced outdoor programs that emphasize active learning with hands-on experiments, artistic creation, and nature discovery. 

$65 a month for non-members

$50 a month for members

$40 for third child or more 

Scholarships available


Early registrants can submit times that work best for them for the in-person and virtual classes.  In-person classes will be limited to 10 students at a time with multiple sessions to allow social distancing. 

Classes start August 24th! Register Now.

Register by August 17th to receive the first week free!

Garden School class times have been released! Families can choose from multiple available sessions of each class to allow for different schedules as families are homeschooling or working around virtual or part-time school hours. Each child should ideally attend 2 virtual classes and 1 in-person class a week. Before the start of the month, families will get an email to select the sessions that work best for their schedules. 

Topics for Each Month
K-2nd Grade

August: Let’s Learn Outside

September: Brilliant Butterflies

October: Fall Fruits and Vegetables

K-2: Class Times

Virtual Class 1 – Monday 10 am or 4 pm

Early In- Person Class – Tuesday 10 am

Virtual Class 2 – Thursday 10 am or 4 pm

In-Person Class – Friday 10 am or 4 pm

3rd-5th Grade

August: Introduction to Nature Study

September: Animal Adaptations

October: Matter, Energy, and Outer Space

3rd Grade –  5th Grade 

Virtual Class 1 – Monday 1 pm or 3 pm

Early In-Person Class – Tuesday 10 am 

Virtual Class 2 – Thursday 1 pm or 3 pm

In-Person Class – Friday 1 pm or 4 pm


August: Introduction to Environmental Science

September: NC Ecosystems

October: NC Wildlife

Contact the Education Department for questions.

Email: or Phone: 910.486.0221 ext 43

Middle School Times will be released soon.