California Native Plant Society

Educational Resources

Check this site for frequent updates and new materials.

Resources for teachers, naturalists, and group leaders of all stripes.

CNPS Curriculum, Opening the World through Nature Journaling, by John Muir Laws and Emily Breunig: You may download the curriculum here. This project is funded to date by the JiJi Foundation.

How to Draw Plants videos by John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws: Supplies and equipment for making a Field Journal and lots of "how to draw" posts in the blog.

California Institute for Biodiversity:

Sacramento Splash:

The California Phenology Project is working at all levels to cultivate phenological and climate change literacy. From elementary school classrooms to university labs, and from natural reserves to national parks, the CPP is developing and implementing a variety of educational, outreach, and scientific training activities.

Project Budburst: A National Phenology Network Field Campaign for Citizen Scientists.  Join thousands of others in gathering valuable environmental and climate change information from across the country. Project BudBurst engages the public in making careful observations of the phenophases such as first leafing, first flower, and first fruit ripening of a diversity of trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses in their local area., where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world.

Nature Connection: Solo Walk - Build a native plant solo walk to fit your environment using our downloadable starter cards.

Investigating the Oak Community: Curriculum for grades 4-8: Curriculum from the California Oak Foundation. Download PDF

Plant Taxonomy Teaching materials: a growing archive of teacher training materials

The Private Eye: (5X) Looking /Thinking by Analogy Hands-on, investigative, The Private Eye using everyday objects, a jeweler's loupe, and simple questions accelerates science, writing, art, math, social studies, and more. K-16 through life, The Private Eye develops "the interdisciplinary mind." 

Acorn Naturalists:

Project Wild Project Wild is a wildlife focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students.

CREEC Network The California Regional Environmental Education Community.

US Fish and Wildlife Service, Lets Go Outside

SAWAs Education and Public Outreach Programs - Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park:


Tabletop Activities for Children at Plant Sales and Native Plant Week

Word Search Puzzles (created by Betsey Landis):

Botanical Resources

Herbaria, Collections and Databases

Botanic Gardens with Native Plant Collections


Taxonomic Resources

Non-vascular Plants

General Botany Resources

Additional California Organizations


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