Plan Ahead for the Mass Hort Plantmobile!
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Planting the seeds of knowledge with today's youth will result in a strong forest for our future!!
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The Mass Hort Plantmobile is a traveling plant science workshop that provides experiential educational programs for children in grades K-8. A member of the Mass Hort educational staff will come to your classroom to present each program. Our emphasis is on hands-on individual and group activities.
Students learn best while doing. This program is designed to allow students to gain increased knowledge and understanding of the plant world around them. One of our main goals is to strengthen student’s skills of observation and analysis. Both of these are important tools in their overall development and learning.
This program is set up to address specific standards of learning found within the Massachusetts Science and Technology Frameworks. Each workshop is designed to deliver a positive and unique learning experience to the students.
Hands on learning time is time well spent!
Choose from the following subjects for your class’s program:
Flower to Seed...and Back Again!
Why do plants produce flowers? Students learn that the answer isn't “just to look pretty!” Students will discover the connection between flowers, fruit, and seeds by dissecting and examining plants. MA State Framework Connection: Topics covered include life cycles, plant reproduction, and pollination. Available all year September – June
Why do leaves change color? Where do new leaves come from every spring? Students will examine the variety to be found in nature in terms of shapes, colors, and types of leaves through some collections made right in your school yard. They will also learn about function of leaves and basic plant/leaf terms. MA State Framework Connection: Topics covered include life cycles, photosynthesis/energy and fall color. Available October-NovemberSchoolyard Ecology
Don’t skip a lesson about your hometown environment! In this program we’ll venture out into your schoolyard. Equipped with our special discovery bags, students will observe the schoolyard as an ecosystem and survey the surrounding environments. We’ll also see what can be found on a schoolyard scavenger hunt. MA State Framework Connection: Topics covered include ecosystems, and plant and animal interactions. Available April – JuneRainforest in a Bottle*
What are rainforests, and what lives and grows there? Students will discover the similarities and differences between plant life in far-away rainforests and our ecosystems here in New England. Students will create their own “rainforest terrariums” using 2-liter soda bottles. MA State Framework Connection: Topics covered include the water cycle, biomes, and forest ecology. Available all year September – June
Secrets in the Garden
This program showcases beneficial organisms. These organisms are a crucial ingredient in the natural balance of any healthy ecosystem, whether the deep woods, a home garden, or a patch of weeds just outside your window. They provide a fascinating opportunity to study and understand some of the complex intricacies of nature. Teachers can choose from a variety of activities aimed to coincide with current classroom curriculum. Programs range from a broad based ecology review to specific categories of beneficial organisms from soil builders to pollinators and more. MA State Framework Connection: Topics covered include life cycles, habitats, ecosystems, energy systems. Available April - June.
Habitats and Ecosystems
Students will learn the basics of plant habitats including seed dispersal, how adaptations take place and the difference between a habitat and an ecosystem. Then we'll explore how plants adapt to their own environments in five different ecosystems: forests, deserts, prairies, wetlands, and tropics. Programs can be broad range or specific ecosystem based and activities can include planting a container for a specific habitat. MA State Framework Connection: Topics covered include ecosystems, adaptations, living things and their environments, energy. Available year round September - June.
Trees: Life in the Forest
In this program students will explore the variety of trees in our region and their relationship to plants, animals, and people. We'll discuss what makes a plant a tree, the different types of trees, and how trees adapt to changes in their environment. MA State Framework Connection: Topics covered include adaptations, structures and functions, evolution and biodiversity. Available year round September - June.
Garden to Table
Plants are responsible for life on earth as we know it. Find out why, follow the trail of the food web to find out what food your food relies on, and find out where your food comes from. In this program we will discover the origins of familiar food items and why local food is better for you and the environment. Activities can be broad range or specific to food chains, nutrition, or the geography of food. MA State Framework Connection: ecosystems, energy and living things, (geography). Available year round - September to June
Plantmobile programs are limited to one class, maximum of 25 students, per Plantmobile session. One session lasts approximately one hour, with a 50 minute lesson, and 10 minutes for set-up and clean-up.Visits are $150 per session. The minimum reservation is for two sessions.
All programs and their activities are modified depending on the age range of the classroom. Please be sure to indicate which age bracket best fits your classroom.