Current Course Schedule

Plant- Based Learning Projects in Classroom (grades Prek - 4)

A growing body of research indicates that plant-based learning projects, such as indoor gardening and school gardens, are powerful teaching tools inside and outside the classroom. These activities provide an atmosphere that incorporates hands-on learning and strengthens academic, personal, and social development while encouraging children to develop critical skills, such as healthful living, stewardship, decision-making, and self-sufficiency. This course provides participants with an introduction to botany and applications for plant-based learning inside and outside the classroom, even in limited space. We will move beyond bean investigations by exploring multiple methods for growing plants and learning through plant-based projects. Cross-curricular connections will be made through scientific inquiry and literacy as we explore how to use plants to understand phenomena and the world we inhabit. Participants will receive seeds, plants, and materials for continued exploration at their schools and in virtual spaces. *This synchronous workshop meets online eastern time. High-speed internet connection with a microphone is required to participate in these workshops. A webcam is recommended.
  • Focus On
    Pre-k - 4th Grade
  • Category
    Childhood / Elementary School, Online
  • Registration Options and Cost
    $425 12.0 CTLE or 1.2 CEU
    $1,660 1.0 Credits
    $35 Materials fee


Spring 2021

  • Section 01: April 7, April 9, April 14, April 16
    • Jacqueline Pilati
      Jacqueline Pilati
      Jacqueline Pilati, MA, is a Professional Development Instructor at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY where she leads teacher institutes in school gardening and plant science. Pilati has taught in general and special education settings throughout NYC and Sonora, Mexico. During her tenure in the nonprofit space, she developed and led childhood and youth programming around urban ecology and scientific inquiry. Pilati is an Early Childhood Science Specialist at the Queens Central Library. She earned her MA in Environmental Conservation Education from NYU and her BS in Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities from St. John's University, Jamaica, NY. In 2018, she founded The Ethnobotany Project NYC, a grassroots organization reconnecting people to their foodways through history, education, and seeds. The project stewards a free public seed library and an ethnobotanical teaching garden at the King Manor Museum in Jamaica, Queens.
"I feel like I got so much about food justice from this class, in addition to information about plants and planting. I also got some terrific resources for working with kids and ideas for good activities."
-Participant, Online Spring 2020