Projects to carry out in part in the class and in part in the Botanical Garden
Projects that the Potentilla s.n.c.Society is prepared to conduct together with the Turin Botanical Garden, divided according to the type of class.
For the prices and the different ways of booking, please contact:
- For infant schools: 328 7491675 (Gaia Monti)
- For primary and secondary schools: 338 9581569 from 1.00 – 6.00 pm (Valeria Fossa)
1st proposal: A FAIRY TALE IN THE TREE GROVE
An “ad hoc” itinerary will be set up in the Tree Grove for the smaller children within a fairy tale in which the various characters will be represented by plants that meet each other along the itinerary. The principal characteristics of each species will be pointed out through direct observation.
2nd proposal: STORY OF A SMALL SEED
During the visit to the Botanical Garden, particular attention will be paid to the observation of the different structures of the plants which later on in the classroom, in a further 1 hour meeting, will be again discussed through drawings that can be looked at and colored, and in this way the plant cycle will be reconstructed, starting from the seed and going on to explain the function of each structure. In this way, the children will learn, thanks to the games and drawings, to recognize the change from seed to plant, but also the different “Tricks” the seed adopts to be transported to a great distance from the mother plant.
3rd proposal: THE COLORS IN NATURE
Thanks to the visit to the Botanical Garden, the children will observe the different colors and different shades “used” by nature; back in the classroom, during another 1 hour meeting, they will learn the purpose and who benefits from these different colors and shades, why the colors change over the different seasons and later on they will try to do a drawing with some plant colors.
1st proposal: THE AWAKENING OF THE PLANTS IN SPRING
The project involves a 2 hour meeting in the classroom and a 1 hour visit to the Turin University Botanical Garden, both of which will be conducted in spring. The various parts that make up a plant and the role of the roots, of the trunks or stalks, of the leaves and of the flowers in spring will be illustrated in the classroom, while the guided tour foresees the direct on site observation of what the children learned during the classroom lesson, using magnifying glasses that should be brought by the children.
2nd proposal: BEEHIVES IN THE CITY: BEES IN THE TREE GROVE OF THE TURIN BOTANICAL GARDEN
This proposal foresees a two hour meeting in the classroom and a one hour meeting in the Tree Grove of the Botanical Garden. The bee society will be explained in the classroom as well as their main products. In the Tree Grove, the urban project of producing honey in the city will be explained and the main plants that that produce the pollen contained in the honey produced in the Botanical Garden will be shown to the children. At the end of the visit, the children will be given a jar of honey produced by the bees in the Botanical Garden, with the possibility of tasting it once back in the classroom.
3rd proposal: WHAT HAPPENS TO PLANTS IN AUTUMN?
This project foresees a two hour meeting in the classroom and a one hour tour of the Turin University Botanical Garden, both of which will be conducted in autumn. The various parts that make up a plant and the role of the roots, of the trunk or stalk, of the leaves and of the fruit and seeds in autumn will be illustrated in the classroom, while the tour foresees the direct on site observation of what the children learned during the classroom lesson, using magnifying glasses that the children should bring with them.
4th proposal: CULTIVATE AND USE AROMATIC PLANTS
A project that consists of two parts is proposed for each class: the first part will be carried out in the classroom and will last two hours, during which a discussion on herbal and aromatic plants concerning their collection, their conservation and their possible uses will take place. The second part pertains to a one hour tour of the Botanical Garden during which the principal herbal species cultivated in the structure will be shown.
Should one wish, it will also be possible to prepare a corner with some herbal plants in the school garden or terrace (the cost of the pots, soil and plants will be at the expense of the school).
5th proposal: SOW AND CULTIVATE IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN
A project that involves the sowing and cultivation activities of plants of both horticultural and ornamental interest in a flowerbed at the Botanical Garden is foreseen. The themes of seed germination, of seed vernalization, of the periodicity of bulb plants and of plant multiplication will be dealt with during the activities.
1st proposal: HERBAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS
A project that consists of two parts is proposed for each class: the first part will be carried out In the Turin University Botanical Garden and will last an hour, during which the herbal and aromatic plants present in the structure will be pointed out. This will be followed by a two hour laboratory lesson in the classroom in which mention will be made of the methods adopted to gather herbal and aromatic plants, of their conservation and their possible uses.
Should one wish, it will also be possible to prepare a corner with some herbal plants in the school garden or terrace (the cost of the pots, soil and plants will be at the cost of the school).
2nd proposal: PLANTS IN THE DIFFERENT SEASONS
This project proposes four one hour visits to the Turin University Botanical Garden for each class that is involved: a visit in autumn, one in winter, one at the beginning of spring and one at the end of spring. The project involves observing the different parts that make up trees and grass and their changes over the different seasons. It will be explained why these changes take place (e.g. why plants lose their leaves in autumn and why some do and others do not, why some leaves change color before breaking off, etc.). In spring, attention will be focused on flowers, on their parts and on their different shapes, and the topic of last meeting will be fruit and seeds.
3rd proposal: THE WOOD: AN ECOSYSTEM IN CONTINUOUS EVOLUTION
This project will be conducted entirely in the Tree Grove of the Botanical Garden and will last two hours for each class. It will be explained what a wood is. What a food pyramid is and how it is created (exemplifying it in the Tree Grove).What a lowland wood is and what plant entities make it up will also be explained. What was present in the Po Valley plain before the ice-age and the arrival of man will be illustrated. How trees grow will be explained.
4th proposal: HONEY IN THE CITY: AN EXAMPLE IN THE TURIN UNIVERSITY TREE GROVE
This project will be carried out in part in the classroom through a two hour meeting for each class and in part in the Botanical Garden Tree Grove with a one hour meeting. The bee society and their principal products will be presented during the classroom presentation. The project that was created in Turin for the production of city honey will be outlined in the Tree Grove, the beehives will be shown and the main plants that produce the pollen contained in the honey produced there will be presented. At the end of the second meeting, the pupils will be given a jar of honey produced in the Botanical Garden which can then be tasted in the classroom.
5th proposal: SOW AND CULTIVATE IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN
A project that involves sowing and cultivating plants of both horticultural and ornamental interest in a flowerbed at the Botanical Garden is proposed. The themes of seed germination, of vernalization, of the periodicity of bulb plants and of plant multiplication will be dealt with in detail. The first part of the activity will be conducted in the classroom, while the second practical part will be given by Dr. Antonio Macchia, gardener at the Botanical Garden, with the sowing and transplanting being done directly by the pupils. A second visit is foreseen to assess the results of the pupils’ work.
1st proposal: PLANT EVOLUTION
Two visits are proposed to highlight the evolutionary steps that have characterized the flora on the Earth. The first visit will take place in the Garden, in which, apart from the direct observation of the characteristics of the main plant groups (Bryophyte, Pteridophyte, Gymnosperm, Angiosperm), the evolutionary convergence of different plant species will be pointed out (e.g. succulent plants) to the same environmental stress. The second visit will be conducted in the Tree Grove and will involve a description of the main arboreal and shrub-like models present in the Grove; particular attention will be paid to the changes that flora have undergone in a lowland wood from the Tertiary era till present times, and these changes will be reconstructed through pollen analysis studies conducted on the land.
2nd proposal: THE THREE GREENHOUSES AT THE BOTANICAL GARDEN
An hour long visit dedicated exclusively to the discovery of the plants present in the three greenhouses at the Botanical Garden is proposed: the “Below-ground level Hothouse”, with its collection of tropical species, the “Succulent plant greenhouse”, with its collection of species that have adapted to living in arid areas, the “New greenhouse”, in which the various environments of South Africa are presented together with their flora. Concepts concerning protected species, local species, endemic species, biodiversity hotspots, adaptation convergence and problems connected to the importance of live plants will be pointed out.