Healing and Hope Through Science

Healing and Hope Through Science is a donor-funded program of the North Carolina Botanical Garden that serves hospitalized children at Duke and UNC hospitals.


Our mission is to engage hospitalized children with the wonders of science through meaningful learning experiences and to promote healing and hope through positive connections with nature.

Population Served: HHTS serves pediatric patients on location at UNC and Duke Children’s Hospitals as well as pediatric outpatients and their families at the NC Botanical Garden. HHTS’s science activities and classes empower pediatric patients with knowledge, provide patients with joy and act as an inspiration for their futures.

See videos from this program here.

HHTS serves pediatric patients ages 5 to 18 years old (grades K-12) and their families. Diagnoses include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, cancer, burns and traumatic brain injuries. This unique target audience finds themselves inundated with medical science and technology on a daily basis and this program provides patients with the choice to conduct their own scientific experiments and to participate in fun, hands-on activities.

Please visit our website to learn more about the program’s history, evaluation data, programs, and volunteering:

HHTS is funded solely by grants and donors. To Donate: http://giving.unc.edu/gift/bot (select the Healing and Hope Through Science fund)

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It gets my child to focus on other things and learn at the same time. I believe it is a wonderful program. Very informative, fun, and entertaining. Excellent distraction from boredom and pain. —parent

Updated on September 03, 2014 at 09:40:53 am.

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