Free Lesson Plans


Biome Survival

Grade: 3–5
Learn about climate by creating a survival gear list for each world biome.

Plants of the World

Grade: 3–8
Learn about biomes by exploring representative plants from around the world.

What Biome Am I?

Grade: 3–8
Predict the biome type through observation of images, rainfall, and temperature.


Acting Like a Cactus

Grade: pK–2
Act out the way that a cactus swells with rain and shrinks with drought.

Pleated Plants

Grade: pK–2
Learn the pleated structure of a cactus by creating a paper model.


Grade: K–2
Learn how evaporation is fundamental to deserts through a measuring activity.


Grade: K–5
Learn structure and power of sand, through observation and abrasion activities.

Deserts and Forests

Grade: 3–5
Learn about deserts and temperate forests by comparing and contrasting plants.

Comparing New York and Arizona

Grade: 3–8
Learn about climate by comparing temperatures from New York, New York & Tucson, Arizona.

Desert Haiku

Grade: 3–8
Evaluate understanding of deserts through haiku, a form of Japanese poetry.

Deserts of the World

Grade: 6–8
Explore the well-known deserts of the world by using maps and reference materials.

Rain Forests

Rain Forest Song

Grade: pK–2
Learn about the rain forest by singing a song.

Buttress Simulation

Grade: pK–5
Learn about buttress roots by creating a paper model.

Rain Forest Collage

Grade: K–5
Increase awareness of rain forest plants by creating a collage in the classroom.

Propped-Up Plants

Grade: 3–5
Learn about root adaptations by testing the ability of different roots to hold up plants.

Soil Erosion

Grade: 3–5
Learn about rain forest soils by conducting soil erosion demonstrations.

Conservation Math

Grade: 3–8
Learn facts about the rain forest through mathematical conversions.

Drip Tips

Grade: 3–8
Learn about leaf adaptations by testing the ability of different leaf shapes to shed water.

Scavenger Hunt

Grade: 3–8
Learn to observe plant features with the scavenger hunt activity.

School Gardening


Plant Hunters Audio Tour

Grade: K–8
Plant Hunters for Kids in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Kits and Curricula for Purchase

Online Courses and Resources

Pre- and Post-Visit Activities Sheets
All guided programs and self-guided tours at The New York Botanical Garden are supplemented by pre- and post-visit activities sheets that can be accessed online at

School Gardening |
Visit our newly created resource to find lesson plans, gardening calendars, and tip sheets that will help you get the most out of your school garden. Support provided by the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc.

Plant Hunters |
This online education resource makes it possible for you to virtually explore the diverse plants and biomes housed in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The site includes fun and engaging plant science challenges for your students along with images, information, and audio content for more than 60 plants from the rain forest to the desert.

Plant Hunters was created with support from the Verizon Foundation.
Helping students achieve through the Verizon Foundation's signature education program,
Additional support provided by The Educational Foundation of America


Garden Adventure S.E.E.D.S.
Science Exploration and Education Discovery Series (S.E.E.D.S.) kits provide hands-on resources, lessons, assessments, and literacy support in a simple and convenient package. Full kits, or just the Teacher's Guide, can be ordered online at or by phone at 1.800.228.0810.
• Plant Parts (K–1) • Plant Adaptations (2–3) • Plant-Animal Interactions (4–5)


These classroom resources are based on research projects of Garden scientists. Each unit consists of a Teacher's Guide, documentary-style DVD, and optional material kits, and can be purchased at or by calling 1.800.334.7344.

FBI: Forensic Botany Investigations for Grades 6–8
By conducting investigations and searching for clues, students explore the importance of plants and build skills such as concept mapping, data collection, and analysis.

Ethnobotany Explorers for Grades 9–12
Students follow researchers and healers deep into the forests of Belize as they search for medicinal plants and learn how to conduct scientific investigations.