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!
Use seagrape leaves to send a note!
Find your local habitat
Where do you live in the Keys ecosystem?
Look closely at the flower parts!
What lives in our mangroves? Craft project (K)
Do you need a lawnmower? (K-2 activity)
Do you know what plants are in your house?
Parts of Plants
Let’s check the parts of a living plant!
Plants and animals! Oh my!
Composting at Home
Turn leftovers into dirt for your plants
Make two from one
How to propagate a plant
Make a butterfly-friendly feeder
Is it a plant? An animal?
Make a print from nature
Weave it together
Use plants and flowers for art
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
Do YOU live on a boat?
Our Monarch Flies!
Check out our live butterfly!
The Foolish Tortise
How do animals stay safe?
Bonus Project: Click here for materials
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.