Light It Up: Install grow lights in your class to produce year-round edible produce or learn about what’s needed to make a green oasis in a corner of your school. Students will plant seeds which will grow into edible micro greens for them to eat in 28 days.
Bulbs: These modified leaves grow underground are planted in the fall. Learn about how bulbs can be delicious or deadly. Students will plant bulbs in a flower bed in the school and explore a variety of bulbs with the aid of a dissection microscope. A great way to work on next-year’s gardens!
3 Sisters: Learn more about the three plants which make up this traditional Aboriginal garden and about other companion planting pairings. Students will conduct fruit dissections and play companion pairing games.
Seeds: A perfect session for fall while the plants around us are all offering seeds. Students will dissect fruit samples to find seeds and learn about different modes of seed transportation by looking at live plant examples. Students will learn about seed collection and take home the collected viable seeds for spring planting at their homes or schools.
Harvest: Would you like your students to learn more deeply about the fruits and vegetables they have harvested from their garden? Did you know that carrots are biennial? That potatoes and tomatoes are both members of the nightshade family? Hands-on experiences interacting with fruits and vegetables will be features including dissections and taste-testing.
Plant Babies: Ever wonder how new plants begin?Learn about the 4 types of plant propagation and start your own baby plants to observe over the next weeks in your classroom. A great way to start a year-long growing project which will be ready as a mother's day/father's day gift in the spring.
Sprouts: Learn the secrets of seeds! Students will explore stages of seed growth through hands-on examples and a dissection microscope. Seed varieties and seed sorting will help students appreciate the diversity in shape, size, uses and colour that seeds offer. Each student will bring home some seeds to sprout and share with their families.
Making soil: Ever wonder how soil is made? Explore soil variations and observe a vermicomposter by interacting with red wrigglers. Students will make worm hotels and run worm races as they learn about how worms help form soil.
Weird and Useful Plants: Have you ever seen a carnivorous plant? Learn about the weirdest plants we have at the greenhouse and interact with the live plants brought straight to your classroom! Students will learn in detail about the unique needs, habitats and uses for some of the weirdest and most useful plants.
Plant Anatomy: With the help of live plant ambassadors, explore differences and similarities between roots, leaves, stems, flowers and seeds/fruits on many plants from around the world. Students will touch, smell, taste plant parts and make a plant part salad together to enjoy. A perfect complement to the Grade 3 science curriculum.
5 senses: Using our five sense, live plants are touched, smelled, tasted, seen and listened to. Students will interact with over a dozen plants and use their five senses to guess the plants which are hidden under brown paper bags before learning more about their needs and uses. A perfect fit for the Grade 1 science curriculum.
VCR3: Learn more about how to start vermicomposting, composting, waste reduction, reuse, recycling or up-cycling in your classroom or school. Learn about what you can do to reduce your impact on the planet and calculate your environmental footprint. Each child will bring home an up-cycled art project.