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in the Tropical Garden

Today in the Virtual Garden

#KWVirtualGarden | Pssssst… Hey, parents and adults. Our virtual garden 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, StoryTime and hands-on activities designed by our education team and consistent with state of Florida education standards

Visit The Garden for personal exploration

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-8 grade.

FOR STUDENTS | We are particularly proud of our latest online series — #KWVirtualGarden — that combines original instructional videos, our weekly StoryTime video, hands-on activities and interactive projects. The multi-week series is part of the Google Classroom experience, which our local schools use for digital learning.

STORYTIME | Now an online video with interactive activities, StoryTime will return to the Garden location when school resumes in Monroe County.

THE LIVING LABORATORY | The lab is a series of eco-system projects available for download on the website.

FOR ADULTS | Adults will enjoy our special events, yoga classes 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 #KWVirtualGarden

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StoryTime Archives

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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.

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.


Nicole Lam

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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.

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Our new online videos and classes are unique, interactive educational programs for parents and students K-8.