Welcome to The Living Laboratory. Whether we are “digging the dirt on dirt” or learning about alternative energy sources with “fun in the sun,” the educational programs at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, combine highly interactive lesson plans with class time in the garden.

You can explore the lesson plans and a delightful photo gallery on our education page.

The Living Lab program is a collaborative effort between the Key West Botanical Garden and the Monroe County School District, which serves over 3,000 children. Our program actively involves students from kindergarten through Grade 6. Students become “scientists” and collect information to answer questions about the world around them.

The staff of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden work with teachers and administrators to create interactive lesson plans for use during visits to the garden. Students are welcome to return to the garden to work on their projects. The garden features educational programs for students throughout the year.

The Living Laboratory project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services FAIN MA-11-16-0415-16. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.