Hanbury Botanic Gardens represent a botanical, historical, and landscape center of international value. The reference point of the suggested activities is the garden, used as an outdoor classroom-lab extending for nine hectares by the sea. This classroom has been recently provided with new equipment and has provided new sections with safety measures, as well as with an electric vehicle for the transport of wheel chairs for people with motor disabilities.
The common didactic aim of the suggested activities is the acquisition of scientific knowledge through the observation and the direct discovery as an achievement by the pupil who, almost without realizing it, will be able to learn the scientific method.
In this context, besides the outdoor observations, the lab and its microscopes could be used (one of the microscopes can project the observed material on a screen), the nursery, the herbarium, and the wood museum.
A particularly important issue in the education of children is represented by the approach to the knowledge of the seasons with a full immersion in their transformations.
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