Resources for Kids, Teachers, and Families

Kids in the Garden Workshops
The Aquatic Outreach Institute offers two-day teacher workshops on creating school gardens. Workshops emphasize topics such as attracting wildlife with native plants and integrated pest management. Contact Tamara Shulman at the Aquatic Outreach Institute at (510) 231-9493, or email
The National Gardening Association’s site for children and teachers contains a section on native and wild plants.

Junior Botanist Program
Started by Wendy Dreskin of the Marin CNPS chapter and now run by Wildcare, the program teaches students to identify Marin native flora.

Native Plant Stories
Book by Joseph Bruchac and Michael J. Caduto. Fulcrum Publishing, 1995. Collection of 18 stories from North and Central American Indian cultures exploring the relationship of people and other animals with the plants around them. For grades 4-8.

Special Species by California Kids: California’s Native Plants and Animals Seen through the Eyes of School Children. Book of writing and artwork by California school children about the state’s native plants and animals.

Special Species
Attn: Barbara Moran
POB 3356
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 728-1361

The Special Species Project…on the Web
Project-based educational site with some native plant information for students and teachers. Site includes student-created Power Point presentations about California’s plants and animals.

California Vernal Pools
Page of links of resources for students and teachers to learn more about vernal pools and the California natives that inhabit them.