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Virginia Native Plant Education Resources

Incorporate Native Plants into your indoor and outdoor classroom!

Below are a variety of activities and lessons to teach with native plants.

Virginia Natural Resources Education Guide chapter on Native Plants

Butterfluff- A kinesthetic activity for learning about native and invasive plants. 

Chesapeake Bay Trust activities developed in partnership with Clarke County Public Schools integrating native school gardens in the classroom and outdoors. 

Conservation Challenge 

Schoolyard botany- lessons and activities developed by Barbara Adcock, STEM coach at Powhatan county schools and awardee of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

 Art and Science Teacher Resource Creating a Dicot Key
Creating a Nature JournalJournaling like a Botanist
Creating Herbarium From RecyclablesPreserving Plant Specimens
Plant Uses Part One  Plant Uses Part Two
 Changing Habitat Using a Dichotomous Key
 Soil Mapping Coastal Plains and Mountain Disjunct Activity
 Plant Vocabulary Suggested Activities for an Outdoor Classroom

Have a resource of your own that you’d like to share? Contact Emily Ford at 540-837-1758 ext. 290 and emilyford@virginia.edu


Organizations and helpful resources

The Virginia Native Plant Society, including chapters local to your area 

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Flora of Virginia Project 

Native Plant Nurseries http://vnps.org/conservation/plant-nurseries/ and ask local nurseries to carry sustainably propagated plants (from nursery stock or responsibly collected seeds).

For further information on native plants

http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural-heritage/nativeplants 
Grasslands Native Plants (PDF)
Riparian Native Plants (PDF)