Environmental Education Resources

Lotusland and the Amazing World of Plants
Outreach Presentation Videos

Lesson #1

“About Lotusland
and Ganna Walska

Nicole Evans, Ph.D.
Manager of Education and Community Engagement

Lesson #2

Photosynthesis: Supporting Plants, People, and the Planet

Nicole Evans, Ph.D.
Manager of Education and Community Engagement

Lesson #3

“Plant Adaptations: How do plants survive around the world?”

Nicole Evans, Ph.D.
Manager of Education and Community Engagement

Lesson #4

“Pollinator Investigators”

Nicole Evans, Ph.D.
Manager of Education and Community Engagement

Educational Resources to Download (PDF Documents)

Very Important Plants (VIP) Vocabulary (Grades 3-5): Help students master the vocabulary used in Lotusland’s Fourth Grade Outreach Program

VIP Vocabulary Flash Cards: Print these out to quiz students on their botanical knowledge

VIP Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle: A crossword puzzle using our VIP vocabulary list

VIP Botany Blaster: A worksheet to match botanical vocabulary with their definitions

Botanical Writing Prompts: Meet California Common Core standards for writing (Grades 1-5) while engaging students in nature appreciation

Save the Cycads! Writing Prompt: Read about Cycads, some of the most endangered plants in the world, and come up with a plan to help save these prehistoric plants.

Can you SEED the difference? Writing Prompt: Use your naturalist observation skills to identify plant structures and explain their functions.

Plant Superpowers Writing Prompt: Choose a plant. Imagine its plant adaptations are super powers and write a story of your super hero plant.

Lotusland Poetry Prompts: An assortment of poetry prompts to help students express appreciation of Lotusland and the natural world

Life Science Teaching Units: These units meet Next Generation Science Standards. They can be taught sequentially or as stand-alone activities.

Pollinators Investigators Unit: This unit uses pollinators as a theme to learn about animal senses. It engages students in the naturalistic observation of pollinators around their school grounds, leads them through an exploration of hummingbird adaptations, and wraps up with an investigation of hummingbird senses that incorporates science, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

Compost Critters Unit: This unit uses the process of decomposition in compost piles to help students explore the interconnectedness of ecosystems, the role of consumers in food chains, and how people play a role in soil ecosystems.

Compost Critters Game Cards: Download these to play the game in the Compost Critters Unit.

Download Artists and Scientists Printable Nature Journal

Help you and your family explore the nature in and around your own homes! Practice your skills as an artist, scientist, AND a conservationist!