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Chocolate: From Treasure to Treat

from Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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From cacao to chocolate - rainforest treasure to luscious treat. Chocolate has been many things to many people over the years. Learn about the life cycle of the Cacao tree, then journey through history to get the complete story behind the tasty treat that we call chocolate. From the time of the Mayans and Aztecs, to pre-industrial Europe and finally to the present, explore how humans have used and processed these bitter tasting seeds. Finally discover the role and impact of chocolate on the rainforest ecosystems where it grows. During the videoconference, test your knowledge of chocolate while learning about this amazing plant and its history.

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About This Program


By Request: $140.00
By Request Premium: $135.00

USD for American and other international schools
CDN for Canadian schools.
IMPORTANT: The price will increase to $135 on January 1, 2017. Book a program before that date and pay $130.

Lesson price is for groups of up to 35 students.
Schools will be invoiced at the end of the month that their presentation happens.


45 - 60 minutes for Grade 4 - 8

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Google Hang Out

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs canceled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

About This Provider

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Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Royal Botanical Gardens is a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.

Education at Royal Botanical Gardens encourages environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world. 
With over 12 years experience delivering engaging interactive videoconferencing programs, we offer topics that explore biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment., Whether you are looking for an insect program; a program exploring wetlands, their functions and human impacts or you want to discover more about a delicious chocolate treat; we have a wide variety of plant-based programs to support and enhance your classroom needs or stimulate and entertain older adults. 
No matter where you are, your group can interact with our educators and scientists.

Karin Davidson-Taylor
905-527-1158 x249

Program Details


1. Discover the natural history of the cacao plant and its role in its ecosystem
3. Explore the origin and history of chocolate.
4. Locate where cocoa is produced in the world.
5. Predict the composition of different chocolate products.
6. Time will be allowed for questions and answers.


The participant will:
- explore the cacao plant and its role in the rainforest ecosystem
- discover the origins and history of chocolate
- appreciate what goes into making our favourite chocolate treats

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NS.K-4.3; 5-8.3 Life Science
Structure and function in living systems
Regulation and behaviour
Populations and Ecosystems
Diversity and Adaptations of Organisms
NS.K-4.6; 5-8.6 Personal and Social Perspectives
Populations, resources, and environments

NSS.G.K-12.1 The World in Spatial Terms
NSS.G.K-12.2 Places and Regions
NSS.G.K-12.3 Physical Systems
NSS.G.K-12.5 Environment and Society

NSS-USH.5-12.1 ERA 1: Three Worlds Meet (Beginnings To 1620)

NSS-WH.5-12.4 ERA 4: Expanding Zones of Exchange and Encounter, 300-1000 CE
NSS-WH.5-12.5 ERA: Intensified Hemispheric Interactions, 1000-1500 CE

State Standards

Science: Understanding Living Systems
Grade 3: Growth and Changes in Plants
Grade 4: Habitats and Communities
Grade 6: Biodiversity
Social Science:
Grade 5: Heritage and Citizenship: Early Civilizations