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Bok Tower Gardens Hosts Open House for Teachers October 10
by Cassie Jacoby
September 27, 2009

Bok Tower Gardens will host an open house for teachers on Saturday, October 10 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The new Garden Campus curriculum tailored to PK-8th grade students that includes Sunshine State Standards and Polk County Learning Maps benchmarks for lesson plans will be presented. The open house will include breakfast, door prizes and the new teacher guide included in a Gardens’ goodie bag. Each teacher attending the open house will receive a one-year free individual level membership. Space is limited. Call 863-676-1408, extension 2225 to RSVP by October 7.

Teachers also will learn about the Garden Campus field trip program for PK-12th grade students. All trips and events include the use of picnic areas, large sandbox, vine-covered tunnel, sabal palm tree house and free parking. Field trips include a Nature Explorations Garden Hunt, Pinewood Estate Tour, Christmas at Pinewood Kids Tour November 27-January 3, 2010, Earth Day “Back to Nature” Celebration April 15-16, 2010. Garden Campus events for families include a Nature Walk September 26 at 10 a.m., Night Hike April 1 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and Tree Climbing on Saturday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Girl Scouts badge programs and special events produced with the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida include “Eco Explorer” and “Plants” for Brownies; “Earth Connections” and “Outdoor Creativity” for Juniors; and “Eco-Action” and “Plant Life” for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.

Dedicated in 1929 as a gift from world peace advocate Edward Bok, Bok Tower Gardens is a haven for wildlife filled with hidden geocaches and rare plants found nowhere else in the world. Nearly 700 acres of conservation lands and gardens surround a 205-foot art deco Singing Tower carillon and Pinewood Estate, a 20-room, Mediterranean-style 1930s winter retreat. Children will enjoy discovering animal rubbing posts, exploring secret garden areas and a human sundial located in the Endangered Plant Garden showing the time of day from a person’s shadow. Discovery backpacks with garden books and activities are available for use at the Information Desk in the Visitor Center.

Call 863.734.1209 or email reservations@boktower.org  to schedule a field trip. Visit www.boktowergardens.org  for more information.

About Bok Tower Gardens:

Bok Tower Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is located 55 miles southwest of Orlando and 60 miles east of Tampa near Lake Wales in Central Florida’s rolling hills of citrus, and is open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., last admission at 5 p.m. The Visitor Center, Café and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Members and children under 5 are admitted free. For more information contact Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales FL 33853; 863-676-1408 or visit www.boktowergardens.org

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