Welcome to Learning
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
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.
The Living Laboratory
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.
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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