Native Plant Activities for Kids
Resources for parents and teachers
Take it outdoors
How eco-literate are the children in your life? As adults, each of us can play an important role in connecting today’s kids with the natural world, building a sense of awe, respect for our finite resources, and early environmental stewardship. But in the end, getting outside and learning about nature is just plain fun! See our collection of ideas and resources to get your classroom or family inspired.
Nature Journaling Curriculum
In a set of nested games and activities, the CNPS Nature Journaling Curriculum guides students through the creation of their own field guides, creating treasure maps, poems, and stories along the way. According to the curriculum creator John Muir Laws, the process develops the most important science process skills: observation and documentation.
Ideas and resources
Native plant solo walk
Learn how to enhance a child’s sense of wonder using our downloadable cards and a simple 2-minute walk.
Easy botanical activities
From scavenger hunts to rainy-day tabletop activities, these games are sure to delight the young botanists in your life!
Botanical word puzzles
Created by CNPS fellow Betsey Landis, these puzzles come with fun facts on topics from chaparral to butterflies!
Considerations and tips for starting a native plant garden at your school. Here’s how to set yourself up for success!
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Latest news and stories
Activities inspired by Waa’aka’: The Bird Who Fell in Love with the Sun, a book that shares a Tongva creation story.
Kids’ Corner: Pollinator PartySome native plants and pollinators depend on each other to survive. Tell their story through a mini-magazine, a "zine".
Careers in Plant Science and Conservation | Part VKat High Hupa descendant, occupational therapist, and native plant gardener offers advice for students and how the native plant community can support Indigenous people.