Activities and Lesson Plans

Interested in digging a little deeper into nature with your kids?  We’ve got just the thing!  Whether it’s at home with the family, in the classroom with your students, or during a visit to the Conservatory, we’ve developed a set of activities and lesson plans that are sure to be favorites for kids of all ages.

In an effort to spread the learning and share the knowledge, we uploaded some of our favorite family programs activities. We also challenged our school programs’ staff to get creative and develop brand new resources that blend horticulture, art, history, and even social media!

@ Home

Nature-based activities are great for all ages, and our downloadable resources help families explore nature together. These downloads include games, activities, and sensory bin ideas that are great for using anywhere, no backyard necessary.

New! Playdough Impressions Sensory Bin
Ages 18 months and up

New! Playdough Recipe

New! Summer Sidewalk Chalk: Recipe and Activities
All ages

New! Leaf Marker Rubbings
Ages 18 months to 3 years

New! Bromeliad Babies Game
Have fun pretending to be a rainforest frog in this obstacle course game! Ages 4-13

Plant Pigment Paint
Ages 3-5

Nature Games: Younger Kids
Ages 2-5

Nature Games: Older Kids
Ages 5-12

Sink or Float Sensory Bin
All ages

Signs of Spring Stroll
All ages

Nature Mandalas
Ages 2 and up

Coloring Pages for All Ages!
Illustrated by Nature Education Teacher, Jam Doughty
1. Fern Room Coloring Page
2. Brugmansia (Angel’s Trumpet)
3. Nasturtiums
4. Sarracenia purpurea (Purple Pitcher Plant)
5. Spiral Ginger
6. Vanilla planifolia
7. Amorphophallus bulbifera (Devil’s Tongue)
8. Download all of the plant coloring pages as one PDF here!
9. New! Honey Bee Coloring Page

@ the Conservatory

Help your kids connect with our plants at the Conservatory with our  hands-on activities.

Scavenger Hunts
Check out our whole page full of scavenger hunts to print and use at the Conservatory! If you are coming on a field trip, many of these are already printed and laminated for schools to use.

H#shtags, H@ndles & Plants – Oh my!
Suggested Grades: 4-8
NGSS 4-LS1-1

What’s in a Name? A lesson in scientific and common names!
Suggested Grades: 2-4
NGSS 2-LS4-1
CCSS ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

Around the World in Seven Greenhouses-a geography activity!
Suggested Grades: 2-8
NGSS 2-LS4-1
NGSS 3-LS4-3&4
NGSS 4-LS1-2
NGSS MS-LS2-1
NGSS MS-LS4-2

Plant Coordination-a graphing adventure!
Suggested Grades: 5-12
CCSS Math.Content.5.G.A.1
CCSS Math.Content.6.NS.C.6
CCSS Math.Content.7.NS.A.1
CCSS Math.Content.8.F.A.1
CCSS Math.Contenct.HSA.CED.A.1
CCSS Math.Content.HSF.LE.A.2