Gardening for Kids

Gardening with ChildrenThey're curious, like to learn by doing, and love to play in the dirt.

Wood Barns and More! - Identify that Tree Learning to identify trees can help in understanding and appreciating the various characteristics of wood from that in your barn door to your beautiful hardwood floors.

Garden Basics For Kids Through this guide, you’ll learn all about the basic elements that plants need to survive, how to care for them, and help them grow better. We’ll also have a look at tools, techniques and exciting garden projects.

Teaching Gardening from shows educators how to include gardening-based activities in different types of lessons.

Agriculture in the Classroom California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is dedicated to helping students and teachers across our great state gain an understanding of how agriculture provides the daily essentials necessary to make our society and our world function.

DC Schoolyard Greening Increase and improve schoolyard green spaces to promote ecological literacy and environmental stewardship among students, teachers, parents and the surrounding community.

TickleMe Plant (Mimosa pudica). This is the only interactive plant that will close its leaves and lower its branches when tickled. It can be grown anytime of the year indoors. We sell kits and provide educational materials and a Plant Doctor to help our growers to be successful

Gardening for Children Dan The Gardener is a character based Childrens Gardening and Environmental website with the aim of teaching children about the natural world in fun and exciting ways, giving them a sense of responsibility and respect for their surroundings.

The School Garden Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps schools create, maintain, and utilize gardens that empower students to make healthy choices for themselves and the planet. We provide advice in school garden design and construction, train volunteers to work in gardens, distribute material resources to local schools, and coordinate garden-based education programs that serve 1,000 students annually.

The Perennial Arcade Quizzes, Mad Libs, Crosswords, and Word Jumbles on Herbaceous Perennials, for Kids Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor, University of Vermont

Kiddie Gardens Creating Gardens for Children and Gardening with Kids

National Junior Horticulture Association The NJHA was founded in 1934 and was the first organization in the world dedicated solely to youth and horticulture. It is a national program that helps young people develop skills in and obtain an understanding of horticulture.

Setting up and running a school garden FAO encourages schools to create learning gardens of moderate size, which can be easily managed by students, teachers and parents, but which include a variety of nutritious vegetables and fruits, as well as occasionally some small-scale livestock such as chickens or rabbits. Production methods are kept simple so that they can be easily replicated by students and parents at their homes.

Whitnety Farms Organic Gardening Kids Gardening Guide

The Kids Garden contains over 50 articles all written by our team of experts and we add around new 10 articles each month.

Exploring the Secret Life of Trees

Trees for Life Canada Children's environmental education program for teachers and leaders. Teaches children about the importance of trees through the "Grow-A-Tree" program.

Blue Planet: World Biomes A biome is a large geographical area of distinctive plant and animal groups, which are adapted to that particular environment. The climate and geography of a region determines what type of biome can exist in that region. The goal of the site was to teach students about the Internet and at the same time gather scientific/environmental knowledge in a fun way.

The Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists from around the world. On more than 4000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their evolutionary history (phylogeny), and characteristics.

Collaborative Pre-University Science Projects advertizes itself as a site that "facilitates a new age of COLLABORATIVE science projects for grades K through 12 to parallel how professional scientists from around the world work together." On the site are novel ideas, with an emphasis particularly on microorganisms (bacteria, algae, fungi).

Scientific Inquiry through Plants (Sip3) is an innovative forum allowing students to discover biological core concepts through hands-on inquiry projects coupled with online science mentorship from plant scientists.

Biology Labs Currently providing 30 biology experiments, this site is designed for young people (grades 7-12) to be conducted at home. Plant biology experiments include: Effect of a Hormone on Plant Root Growth, Energy Transfer in Photosynthesis, Chromatography, Light Intensity and Photosynthesis, Observing Water Transport in a Celery Stalk, Measuring Plant Transpiration, Carbon Dioxide Production by Germinating Seeds, Energy Release And Cellular Metabolism, Observing Growth Rate in a Culture of Duckweed, and Observing The Effect of pH on the Growth of Duckweed.

Composting For Kids A scripted slide set written and produced by Robert E. (Skip) Richter, CEA-Horticulture, Travis County, Texas Agricultural Extension Service.

Open Door Biology Web Site is designed for use by students and teachers at the sixth to eighth grade level. The list of topics approximates a beginning biology textbook, ranging from how organisms gather food and live, to reproduction, ecology and the environment.

Plants and their Structure An online text Plants and their Structure - an online text

Iris Gardening The no-fail outdoor classroom The American Iris Society (AIS) founded in 1920, is a group of approximately 8,000 members devoted to the culture and improvement of the iris. Over 350 of this number are youth members under the age of 19. Some 175 local iris clubs are scattered throughout the United States. The AIS offers Classroom Iris Projects (CIPs) for schools. This is a "hands on" opportunity for students to grow and care for irises on their school grounds.

HowStuffWorks: How Venus Flytraps Work - information about the carnivorous plants that are found in the humid, wet, and sunny bogs and wetland areas of costal North and South Carolina.

Wild Kids: Gardening for Wildlife - offers suggestions for teachers, and activities for children, focused on creating wildlife friendly areas and gardens on school grounds.

Don't "Leaf" Out Fall's Most Valuable Lesson! Autumn is here! Fall's colors provide the perfect motivation for teaching about photosynthesis across the grades. Included: We've raked up a pile of activities for you to "leaf" through!

Mansfield Ohio-state.Here you will find information about plants and links to web resources which can extend your knowledge in many directions. There is information for both students and teachers of plant biology. This web site is dedicated to my teachers and professors who so skillfully aroused my interest in plants.

Sea-beans are not a taxonomic entity, in fact the site lists over 45 species, and not all beans! ... instead they are seeds that travel the oceans and wash up on beaches around the world. The site consists links with wonderful graphics and well designed web pages.

How a Corn Plant Develops

Enchanted Learning includes an illustrated plant dictionary, Arbor day crafts, coloring pages, and quizzes related to plants and flowers.
NYU Projects painting and drawings of old trees by students. Includes project ideas for teachers.

Kids Gardening -

Surfing the Net with Kids: Gardening

Let ‘Em Get Dirty! Involving Your Kids in Gardening

Interest Your Kids In Gardening - Tips and activity suggestions, with related links.

PBS.Plants Learn the methods seeds use to travel, how they adapt to new environments, and how genetic engineering is being used to alter the natural seed production of plan the Gardeners Global Resource with articles, databases, shopping and much more....

Photosynthesis is the process of converting light energy to chemical energy and storing it in the bonds of sugar. This process occurs in plants and some algae (Kingdom Protista).

On-Line Biology Book: Photosynthesis - includes illustrated information on the nature of light, the chemistry of chlorophyll, the carbon cycle, and more.

Kid's Valley Webgarden is a truly a kid's site, with animated gif words, colorful cartoon characters, simple but well-thought out links, and bright attention-getting pages. The home page links are in the boughs of a tree, with web topics that include planning, planting, keeping plants healthy, & showing your plants, as well as information on flowers, veggies, herbs and shrubs

Katerpillars (& Mystery Bugs) This section is designed for teachers, 4-H'ers, young people, and anyone else who wants to pursue an interest in Entomology. Several articles give resources and basic information about insects and their relatives, while others outline activities with different insect themes.

4-H Virtual Farm Presenting plant knowledge for beginner and expert with a youthful personal approach.

The Open Door Web Site is a web resource designed for use by 9 through 17 year old students, with each of the major sciences represented. The biology site includes numerous "topic chapters" (17 major topics and many minor topics, about half of which involve plants), "facts and figures" (including graphs and how to analyze measurements), "laboratory work" (including study of a deciduous forest biome), "questions and quizzes" and four plays written by members of the Primary Ecology Club at EABJM (Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel).

Green Teacher is a magazine by and for educators to enhance environmental and global education across the curriculum at all grade levels. Our commitment to support educators and parents has inspired this new website. Our goal is to be the best site for all of you who garden with kids, whether you explore plants and gardens as family projects or as educational tools. We are committed to providing horticultural expertise, quality resources, meaningful networking opportunities, and ideas and activities that spark inquisitiveness and exploration to help educators and parents.

All About Plants" is a site by 11 and 12 year olds (6th grade) presenting a children's perspective on what there is to know about plants. A fun site with all original art, it features pages on how plants grow, make food and reproduce, strange things plants do, plant books, plant jokes, plant movies, plant poetry and plant songs.

K-12 Curriculum Resources for BotanyThese lesson plans are the result of summer workshops at the Columbia Education Center, dedicated to improving education in the rural western U.S. This listing of resources is from the California Native Plant Society.

Sprouting at Home Fresh organic vegetables every day from a square foot of counter space. Instructions by the City Farmer.

Seeds of Change Garden Through the garden children plan, cultivate, and harvest, they interact with nature and each other. The garden further helps students respect and nurture the Earth and its peoples.

Canadian Botanical Conservation Network - For Kids Click on the caterpillar to become a botanist in training.

Dirty Dozen Garden Club Kids and gardening, a wonderful way to grow!

Texas Hill Country Coloring Book

Botanical Coloring Books List A list of books and where you can get them.

Wildflower Resources for Teachers

Germination, and Inquiry: A learning cycle approach for novice experimenters. A educators approach to how to make growing seeds fun and acticting to fourth graders. "In this learning cycle, students develop an understanding of seed germination and factors that influence it. In germination&endash;the growth of a young plant from a seed&endash;the plant embryo resumes growth after a period of dormancy. Seeds need oxygen, water, and proper temperatures to germinate."

Denver's Master Gardeners page for children There are few things children enjoy more than digging in the dirt and making mud pies. They are fascinated by looking for worms and bugs and love to water the garden and anything else in the near vicinity. Children also enjoy planting seeds, watching them grow and harvesting what they have grown.

How to start a Herbarium

Gardens and Education Forum This forum is a place to discuss all aspects of education related to gardening. Including using the garden as a learning tool for children. There are posts on activities, links, etc.

National Gardening Association They have many gardening rescourses and a grant for the classroom teacher.

KinderGARDEN A great introduction to the many ways children can interact with plants and the outdoors. Has many links and resources for teaching children about gardening.

Butterfly Gardening How to plan and grow a butterfly garden, how to raise butterflies and more.

Missouri Botanic Garden Kid's Learning Network Kids page and resources for parents and teachers related to gardening. Links and more.

Linda's Garden

The Great Plant Escape Help detective Le Plant and his partners Bud and Sprout unlock the amazing mysteries of plant life.

Hydroponic Science Projects

USGS Children's Butterfly Site Butterfly and Moth Frequently Asked Questions

Composting for kids This is a set of slides explaning composting.

International Tulip Study An on-line interactive project from the Journey North website. Plant tulips in the fall of 1998 and use the tulips to compare the arrival of spring across North America in 1999.

Gardening for Kids - includes kid-friendly flowers and bulbs, a featured flower of the month, a kid critic's comments, artwork, tips and links.

The Children's Butterfly Site

Wisconsin Fast Plants Home Page Discussions, news, ideas for teaching with these fast growing plants.

IPL Science Fair Project Resource Guide Do you need to do a science fair project? This list of web sites provides the basic materials to do just that. The HOW TO DO A SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT articles explain the different parts of science fair projects.
Amazing Environmental Organization Web Directory
-Earth's Biggest Environment Search Engine
Encylopedia of Plants - well-illustrated encyclopedia
Survey of the Plant Kingdoms
Periodic Table of the Elements - major physical constants and isotopes
Picture It: Great graphics for busy biology teachers - some of the best graphic sites for plants, molecules, ecology, and biology
MAD Scientist Network - 400 scientists answer questions on anything about science
Tree Rings and Tree Ring Research
Origin of the Species
Voyage of the Beagle