PlantLab Student Scientists
These cross-curricular units include 8–10 lessons covering Botany and Biodiversity, Plants and People and Ecology and Engineering.
China Educator's Guide
This guide contains nine lessons exploring the plants of China and touching upon Chinese culture, history and literature, as well as botany, ecology and conservation. Extensive background information is included for the teacher.
Download guide (3.49 MB)
A Place to Learn Field Trip Guide
Download a selection of tested lessons help you use the Garden to present concepts in ecology, plant biology, art, classification, math and social studies. Maps, leader guides and reproducible student activity sheets accompany each lesson.
“A First Look at the Garden” (Grades PK–K)
“People and Plants” (Grades K–2)
“Plants and Products” (Grades 3–6)
“Plant and Animal Interactions” (Grades 6–8)
Tropical Rainforest Curriculum
Rain forest ecology, products, deforestation and the importance of biodiversity are highlighted in this curriculum originally designed as part of a circulating kit. (Note: kits are no longer available.)
Also available for download is the booklet A Tropical Feast featuring fruits, vegetables, spices, roots and starches, nuts and other plants used for food that are found growing in the tropics.
Mapping Your Community
These ArcGIS® tutorials help students gain mapping skills and build toward independent investigations. Tutorials are available for both ArcGIS® 9.2 and ArcGIS® 10.
Go to the Mapping Your Community webpage
In the Air
Developed by Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, these environmental education materials help K–12 students and adults better understand airborne toxics issues in their communities. The goal is to increase knowledge about air pollution and to make connections between behaviors and air quality. Five modules have been developed (Grades K–3, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12 and adult). Outreach programs for Grades 3–12 are also available.
Go to the In the Air website