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in the Tropical Garden

Today in the Virtual Living Lab

#KWVirtualGarden | Pssssst… Hey, parents, teachers and adults. Our Virtual Living Lab is the perfect choice when you need smart, fun and well-planned activities for the children in your lives — with just the right balance between screen time and structured play. Videos, interactive lessons, Species Spotlight, StoryTime and hands-on activities designed by our education team and consistent with state of Florida education standards

Visit The Garden on location

5210 College Road. Key West, FL 33040
Daily: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

About our Garden

education programs

Our Garden education programs include on-location and online learning opportunities for adults and students with a focus on Pre-K-12 grade. Our educational programs are offered online and on location. Check our calendar and follow us on social media for up-to-date information

FOR STUDENTS | We are particularly proud of our latest online series — the Virtual Living Lab — that combines original instructional videos, our weekly Species Spotlight and Story Time videos, hands-on activities and interactive projects. The is part of the Google Classroom experience, which our local schools use for digital learning. Learn the history of the Living Lab here.

FOR ADULTS | Adults will enjoy our Speaker Series, special events, yoga classes, native plant sales and self-guided nature walks. Adults may also enjoy becoming one of our Garden Guardians; it’s a great way to learn the best techniques for the Keys and choose the right plants for a strong, native garden.


Species Spotlight

Mangrove Animals

Story Time

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The Living Laboratory

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Meet our Education Team

Nicole Lam, education manager

Nicole Lam joined the Botanical Garden Education team in 2020 as the Education Manager shortly after moving to Key West.

Her interest in education began at a young age through teaching Sunday school, swim lessons, tutoring, and art. She has taught students of every age as well as different abilities.

Nicole has a degree in psychology and childhood studies, which has given her the opportunity to combine her passions of helping others and working with children.

As the Education manager, Nicole is looking forward to working outdoors using the beautiful garden as a Living Laboratory to encourage and educate children in fun, creative, and interactive ways.

Kaylee Harding, education assistant

Kaylee Harding joined the education team as an education assistant in June 2021. She hails from Grapeland, Texas and was in the Coast Guard for 5 years.

Her experience in education began with the Vacation Bible School and volunteering at children's events in the Coast Guard.

Kaylee moved to Key West in March of 2021 with her spouse, who is still in the Coast Guard. Kaylee loves to snorkel, play with her dogs, and spend time outdoors!

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


Nicole Lam
Kaylee Harding

Thank you to our sponsors

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What would you like to do today?

Become a member

Memberships include unlimited free admission, special events, gift shop discounts, volunteer opportunities and offers from our partners.

Check events calendar

There's always something to do in the botanical garden and tropical forest. The latest schedules for yoga, plant sales, speaker series and more.

Become a volunteer

Our volunteers get their hands dirty -- or not. We have opportunities for volunteers who love people, plants, trees and animals.

Make a donation

Sustain and preserve our fragile Florida Keys ecosystems. Purchase endangered plants and trees and support educational programs.

Schedule a venue

Wedding? Family reunion? Company outing? Whatever you're planning, our venues are the perfect setting for your special event.

Virtual Living Lab

Our new online videos and classes are unique, interactive educational programs for parents and students K-12.