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 cutting edge methods for growing plants and for 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.

This class will meet on campus. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination and bivalent booster, or documented exemption, are required. KN95 or surgical masks may be required indoors at Bank Street College.
Term(s) offered: 
  • Course Number
  • Focus On
    Pre-k - 4th Grade
  • Category
    Childhood / Elementary School, Credit-bearing Courses, On Campus
  • Registration Options and Cost
    $425 12.0 CTLE or 1.2 CEU
    $1,761 1.0 Credits
    $35 Materials fee


Spring 2023

  • Section 1:
    • Jacqueline Pilati
      Jacqueline Pilati
"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