Many areas have their own botanical gardens, and they welcome students on field trips. Educators are trying to help students connect with the scientific world through botany, but most students see it as a day off from the classroom. They might appreciate the pretty flowers, but connecting them to what is in their science book might be too long of a stretch for them to make. It is up to the teacher to help them build a bridge from living plants to their textbooks.
Rather than leaving the learning up to chance, many teachers have a plan to guide students to the features they want studied. They might have a short lecture for each part of the garden, and the students will know ahead of time there will be a test on what they have seen. While learning is an important part of visiting a botanical garden, educators will also make sure there is plenty of time for students to simply enjoy the beautiful displays.