A Hero's Journey
Starts with Learning!

We create hands-on, nature-based education resources to engage youth in forest health, ecology, and plant conservation

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Educator Resources

Explore a variety of resources to help teach kids about plants, insects, and more.

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Participate in hands on programming at your local public garden.

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News & Updates

Read our educational blog! Discover new ideas for teaching about plants and forest ecology!

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About Us

What We Do

We’re here to help youth explore plants and forest systems by providing you with free education resources. By teaching them about plants, insects and ecosystems, together we can empower youth to be agents of positive environmental change.

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Educator Resources

Our resource library is filled with free, downloadable educational lessons, journal pages, conservation comics, field guides, activity books, and more for grades K-5. To increase access, our materials are available in three languages: English, Spanish, and simplified Chinese.

"The materials are at the perfect reading level with lots of colorful photographs. We used this with a second grade class and it was perfect!"
"I have incorporated Plant Heroes in various classes with homeschooled children here at The Dawes Arboretum. They are engaging and informative—perfect for school age children!"
"Plant Heroes really opens young learners’ eyes to the threats to our forest and ways to deal with those issues. They show the learners anyone can be a Plant Hero all they need to do is learn and make observations."
"I passed out the "Looking at Leaves" journal to 3 siblings that visited the Discovery Cart this summer to use in the outdoor gardens. They borrowed pencils to complete it and when they returned the pencils to the cart, they were so proud to show me that they found every leave adaptation in the gardens in the various habitat types! Thank you so much for offering these amazing resources for free! It has been an excellent addition to our drop-in programs and family programs!"
"Great program! Really glad to see new topics coming out. Wonderful resource! Keep up the good work."
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