Tea Time: The plant, the process and benefits

by  Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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Tea is one of the most popular beverages globally. Originally from China, Camellia sinensis, is grown worldwide and depending on how its leaves are processed, produces some very interesting flavours. Discover the history of tea drinking,  its influence and benefits.  You'll want to have at least two of the following teas on hand - black, green, white and oolong - since we'll be reviewing how to brew these teas and their benefits. We'll also explore some popular tisanes (herbal teas), their composition and benefits if time allows.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00

Fee: Regular price: $150
Canadian schools and groups will pay in Canadian dollars (CAD).
American and other international schools and groups will pay in US dollars (USD)
* HST/GST will be added for CDN schools where applicable.
* International (including US) and Indigenous schools are tax exempt.
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45 - 60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Health/Physical Education, Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

Please contact Karin to coordinate a date and time that will work best for your group.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs can be cancelled with at least 48 hours notice unless the cancellation is due to inclement weather.

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 15 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. This program begins with a few trivia questions about tea
2. We explore the history of this drink globally
3. We will discover the differences in the types of tea and why and its resulting benefits
4. We will review the brewing and qualities - taste, smell - of 2 - 3 different teas (green, black, oolong/ white)
5. Tisanes (herbal teas) will be introduced as an introduction to Healing Plants program
6. Time is allowed for questions and answers


The participant will:
- discover the introduction and history of tea globally
- explore the different types of teas, how they are made and benefits
- brew, taste and compare different teas (based on what they have on hand)
- share their impressions of the teas tasted and engage in discussion
- be introduced to Tisanes (herbal teas) and their benefits

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Asking Questions and Defining Problems 9-12
Analyzing and Interpreting Data 9-12
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.11-12.SL.1 -- Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
LS1A 9-12 -- Structure and function