Thinking Environmentally at the National Botanical Gardens ( Teacher Outreach/DC) Including National Programs!!

How to become a Junior Botanist:

Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden and check out a Junior Botanist Adventure Kit.

You must be nine or older and be accompanied by an adult with an official ID (such as a driver’s license).

Your adventures will begin in the Garden Court and continue throughout our Conservatory. Each room may take approximately 30 minutes to complete. It often takes multiple visits to the Garden to complete all the adventure sheets. (Schools reserving Junior Botanist on Fridays may complete the adventure sheets in one visit by assigning small groups to different rooms).

With your completed adventure sheets, return to our Visitor Information desk and you will receive your Apprentice Junior Botanist badge.

You will then continue your botanic adventures at home. Once all adventure sheets are completed, you will submit them to our botanist for review. If successfully completed, you will become an official U.S. Botanic Garden Junior Botanist and our botanist will send you a Junior Botanist certificate and tools to continue your study of botany. You will also be invited to attend a behind the scene tour of our greenhouses.


Some of the Exhibit tables

Will do a second blog )so many resources I will database them.

Audubon Nature Summer Camps


Now to the exhibit tables that I was able to visit. I ask questions so I did not get to all.

Eat a Crab Lab

Or Get Your Fish On


My favorite, was a pizza garden project from the National Botanical Gardens. It was a tiny pizza box. We pressed the seeds and put them in the box. In a classroom window you could grow the seeds. I have a pizza oven that allows students to make individual pizzas. I can’t wait to grow the seeds, harvest them and make class pizzas.

Think Sage, rosemary and Thyme… and Basil.

They Fed Hungry Teachers well.


You can learn here as well. We learned in a project how to teach about Watersheds in the HOPS Hands on Plants Symposium ( a two day professional development initiative held in the summer.

Their How Plants Work: A Guide to Being Green is a plant-based curriculum designed to help students explore four Big Ideas during a visit to the Conservatory

NEW? Greenhouse Manual, An Introductory Guide for Educators

downloadable at

Teachers are welcome to bring students to visit the Garden for their own educational activities or to use one of the programs on our Field Trips page. No advance reservations are required. You may reach out to Lee Coykendall, Children’s Education Specialist, as you plan your trip to the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Our How Plants Work: A Guide to Being Green is a plant-based curriculum designed to help students explore four Big Ideas during a visit to the Conservatory

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