Resource Center

beekeeping demoThe Conservatory is a great place to visit, and a fantastic place to find resources for all ages! Whether you’re a parent looking for a nature-based activity to engage your child, a teacher planning a self-guided field trip, or an adult looking for growing and green living tips, we have something just for you. Our resource center is new, so keep checking back for additional resources and/or sign up for our e-newsletter to find out about new resources right when they are posted.

Pick from one of our many scavenger hunts, digital tours or kids’ activities:

hunt for plants
Scavenger Hunts
Digital Tour
Digital Tours
kid scoops pebbles
2018 Plant Sale
Growing and Green Living




Teacher Resources

We have an array of resources developed and compiled with teachers like you in mind! We know that you’ve got more than enough to do without creating specialized activities for field trips, so we’ve done some of the work on your behalf!

Peruse the options below and choose what works best for you and your students. And remember: Studies show that the best way to get the most out of a field trip is to connect it to your classroom curriculum through pre- and post-visit activities!

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Lesson Plans

We’re excited to offer a few in-depth lesson plans based on our plant collection for those who want to go deeper. Check back in the next few months for additional plant-based lessons.

Chocolate Lesson K-2
NGSS 1-LS1-1, 2-PS1-1, 2-LS4-1
CCSS MP.2, K.MD.A.2, MP.4, K.CC, W.1.8, SL.1.1, 2.MD.D.10

Chocolate Lesson 3-5
NGSS 3-LS4-3, 3-LS3-2, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1
CCSS ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2,3,6,7

Pollination Lesson (grades 6-8)
NGSS MS-LS1-4 & 5, MS-LS2-1 & 2

Adaptations Lesson Plan (grades 6-12)
NGSS HS-LS4-2 & 4

Intro to Plants Lesson Plan (grades 3-5)
NGSS 3-LS3-2, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1

Plant Highlights

Each month we’ll post plant highlights that provide extended information on specific plants within our collection. We select plants based on particular themes, from “cooking” to “cool pollinators.”  This resource is perfect for a family interested in delving into one plant, or for a teacher planning a self-guided trip to the Conservatory.

August: Stem Adaptations (teddy bear palm, golden barrel cactus, water lily)

Themed Resources

These collections of resources developed around particular science themes are a great way to organize your students’ experience before, during, and after your self-guided field trip. All themed resources are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and are scale-able to your grade level.

Explore our Themed Resources!