San Antonio Botanical Garden

Homeschool Program

Our Homeschool classes are offered in a menu style, allowing groups to customize the date, time and lesson they are interested in. Homeschool classes can be scheduled two weeks in advance from 9-1pm, Mon.-Fri. Minumum number of students is 15, with a maximum of 30. A fee of $8 per student includes Garden admission. Most classes run approximately 2 hours.

To schedule a class, complete a visit request and return to

Homeschool Visit Request

Elementary Grades (1-4)

A. Life Cycles 
Explore the life cycles of plants, insects, and animals with a TEKS based lesson and activities

B. Plant Adaptations: Deserts  
Extreme temperatures, little water; How do they do it? Examine the ways plants (and some animals) have overcome extremes to flourish...

C. Pollinators
All things are related! Take a look at relationships between plants and animals and how together they benefit everyone!


Middle Grades (5-8)

D. Levels of Organization in Living Things
From Atoms to Planets! Take a TEKS based lesson on the way living things are organized.

E. Marvelous Mendel!
Examine the contributions to genetics from Gregor Mendel, monk and botanist. Explore genetics and Punnett squares.

F. Relations in a Food Web
How does energy flow in a food web? Heterotrophs? Autotrophs? A TEKS based lesson on food chains and food webs.


High School Grades (9-12)

G. Organization and Function of Plant Cells
Explore the vast microscopic world of plant cells and know their organization and function.  Experiment with osmosis and learn how plant

cells transport water across their cellular membrane. 

H. Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
Study the cellular processes of plants and know how plants covert light energy into chemical energy (Glucose).  Then get your lab coats on and test the use of glucose in cellular respiration.

I. Plant Anatomy and Reproduction
Examine the internal and external structure of plant tissues and organs and relate these structures to function and ecological adaptation.  Dissect
the reproductive organs of plants and learn how they reproduce and fruit. 

J. Plant Taxonomy
Define taxonomy and recognize the importance of a standardized taxonomic system to the scientific community.  Explore the

classification of all living things including plants and learn how to identify plants in the Garden using a dichotomous key.

K. Plant Ecology
Create an extensive ecosystem in a bottle and know that interdependence and interactions occur within an environmental system. 

Interpret relationships, analyze the flow of matter and energy, and observe how environmental change can impact an ecosystem.