Let’s Have Some FUN!

The Garden is open for walking and we still can’t get together in groups. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun. Ms. Robin and Ms. Kelcie, our education team, have put together several great projects you can do at home. You can follow Story Time videos, too.

Click on an image to download the PDF and get started on a fun day!

Fern

Seagrape Postcard

Use seagrape leaves to send a note!

Find your local habitat

Where do you live in the Keys ecosystem?

Flowers

Flower dissection

Look closely at the flower parts!

Mangrove Animals

What lives in our mangroves? Craft project (K)

Seagrass

Do you need a lawnmower? (K-2 activity)

Scavenger Hunt

Do you know what plants are in your house?

Parts of Plants

Let’s check the parts of a living plant!

Biodiversity

Plants and animals! Oh my!

Composting at Home

Turn leftovers into dirt for your plants

Make two from one

How to propagate a plant

Butterfly

Feed butterflies

Make a butterfly-friendly feeder

Turtle

Sorting

Is it a plant? An animal?

Nature Prints

Nature Prints

Make a print from nature

Flowers

Weave it together

Use plants and flowers for art

Story Time!

Story Time misses our weekly reading times with the children who joined us in the Garden. So, we are creating new videos with great books, projects and fun things to do. Just click on the big buttons below and let’s have some fun! PS: Check back often as we add new videos regularly.

Visit us online. Choose a Story Time video below

Waiting for Wings

How does a butterfly grow?

A Barn in the Country

What animals live on a farm?

Bonus Project 1: Click here for materials

Bonus Project 2: Click here for materials

Busy Boats

Do YOU live on a boat?

Our Monarch Flies!

Check out our live butterfly!

Praying hands icon

The Foolish Tortise

How do animals stay safe?

Bonus Project: Click here for materials

Gray Palm Tree

Garden Exploring

Can you find friends?

Meet Ms. Robin and Ms. Kelcie


Robin Sarabia, education manager

Robin Sarabia joined the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden in 2017 as an education assistant and nursery assistant. She became education manager in 2019.

As education manager, she oversees the Garden’s Living Laboratory Program, providing hands-on science education to Monroe County students.

Her career has always combined biological research and educational outreach, and she has taught all levels, ranging from preschool through university.

Robin loves being a part of the Florida Keys community, and loves helping the next generation of scientists discover the natural resources that surround them.

Kelcie Hall, education assistant

Kelcie Hall joined the education team as an education assistant in 2019. She hails from Warrenton, Virginia, and went to school at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to study Biology and minor in Environmental Science.

Her experience in education began with coaching gymnastics (after competing as a gymnast for 6 years!) and volunteering at the Fort Fisher Aquarium in the Education department.

Kelcie moved to Key West during September 2018 to intern at Reef Relief, and then Mote Marine Lab starting in January 2019. Kelcie loves to scuba dive, snorkel, run and practice yoga!

As education assistant, she helps to create and teach fun and thought-provoking activities for students of all ages.

 

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