Founded in 1994 by the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, Pan’s Garden is a unique botanical garden exclusively consisting of Florida native plant species. Since its inception the garden has been home to numerous interdisciplinary educational programs designed to provide students with a glimpse into the wonders of plants and the importance of preserving the world’s natural resources.
Throughout the school year, students from Palm Beach, Broward, and Martin Counties participate in programming at Pan's Garden. The programs are free to schools.
Florida's Plants and Native Americans
The Florida’s Plants and Native Americans program focuses on the relationship between Florida’s Native American tribes and the indigenous plant species that supported their lifestyle. This combination of historical and biological education is known as ethnobotany. Not only does the program provide students with a strong background in their state’s pre-American history, it also challenges them to consider the importance of environmental preservation and conservation.
Monarchs & Milkweed
The Monarchs and Milkweed program raises students’ awareness of critical environmental issues such as consequences of air pollution and loss of habitat on plants and animals, how biomonitoring can detect serious environmental problems, the cause and effect of interdependence between species and protection of threatened and endangered species. Monarch butterflies, milkweed plants and hands-on experiments are employed to demonstrate these important issues.
The Let’s See What Transpires curriculum focuses on plant transpiration, its important function as part of the water cycle and discusses important related issues such as adaptations plants possess that conserve water and how the use of native plants in the landscape helps in the preservation of our drinking water supply. Students use hands-on experiments that require observation and record-keeping to draw conclusions based on their data. Physical science experiments are included to demonstrate the transpiration process.
Field trips may be scheduled online or by contacting our Director of Horticulture, Susan Lerner at firstname.lastname@example.org.