If you are a family of gardeners or even farmers, then the study of plants, botany, is likely to be one of your choices for high school science studies. Finding resources to study botany isn’t as easy as you might think. Sure, there’s plenty of gardening books for kids and adults, but actual botany, the science, resources aren’t as easily come by, especially if you are looking for something that hasn’t been infused with evolution. We’ve compiled some online resources that can help you put together your own study and selected some books to use as a foundation for your studies. We’ve listed a couple of textbooks in that mix of books, but other than the Exploring Creation with Botany, written for elementary age students, these are secular textbooks. I’d recommend one of the botany coloring books and perhaps A Photographic Atlas for the Botany Laboratory.
This site has a number of resources including a dictionary of botanical terms, and encyclopedia of plants, which can be browsed using common names and botanical names, information on botanical gardens and arboretums, and other botany related resources.
Careers in Botany
Explore how those interested in botany can turn that interest into a career.
PlantingScience is a learning and research resource, bringing together students, plant scientists, and teachers from across the nation. Students engage in hands-on plant investigations, working with peers and scientist mentors to build collaborations and to improve their understanding of science. Middle school through college students have enjoyed successful plant investigations using the PlantingScience program. The primary target audience is high school: Classrooms, Science Clubs, and other After School Groups, but all welcome. For middle and secondary school students, they support student-team investigations through online discussions with a scientist mentor.
Botanical Society of America's Classroom "PLANT Talking Points"
The BSA's Classroom "PLANT Talking Points" is designed as a tool for sharing ideas and concepts that highlight the role plants play in our lives, and in the world around us. It's an easy resource to use, created to get students thinking about and exploring various plant related topics.
Horticulture Basics and Plant Identification
Learning resources found on this page are links to: classification of plants, plant glossaries, plant cell basics, plant propagation, photosynthesis, biomes, habitats, hardiness zones, plant identification, plant images, endangered plants, and history of horticulture. If you're looking for information on a specific topic in botany, this is an ideal place to find it.
Study Guide to the Study of the Science of Botany
This is a Wikibook compiled from articles from Wikipedia and links to other online resources. Laboratories included usually involve identifying and describing items from photographs.
National Junior Horticulture Association
The NJHA was founded in 1934 and was the first organization in the world dedicated solely to youth and horticulture. It is a national program that helps young people develop skills in and obtain an understanding of horticulture. Participation is in two divisions – junior (ages 14 and under) and senior (ages 15 -22). Those in the senior division are eligible to attend the annual NJHA national convention held throughout the U.S. each October.
New York State Horticultural Study Guide for Youth
What do banana "trees" look like? How does a rutabaga differ from a turnip? And what about those weird little coverings on a filbert nut -- what's up with them? If you're a young person preparing for the New York Horticulture Contest or a national event, knowing the answers to these kinds of questions could make all the difference in the world!
Lessons and Lesson Plans
The Wonder of Seeds- Germination and Seedling Growth Inquiry
A 2-week or longer investigation for grades 7-12. Investigation study guide can be downloaded. Additional resources to assist with the investigation are also available.
The Power of Sunlight- Photosynthesis and Respiration Inquiry
A 2-week or longer investigation for grades 9-12.
The photosynthesis investigation can be adapted to a variety of levels, depending on which resources fit the students. Investigation study guide can be downloaded as well as additional resources.
Botany, Plant Lesson Plans - Teachnology
A listing of lesson plans for use in high school botany and younger students studying plants. Additional resources are listed some free and some available to members of the site.
Cornell University Garden Based Learning
Cornell Garden-Based Learning is housed in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University. Our program encompasses programs, activities and projects in which the garden is the foundation for integrated learning and discovery across disciplines, through active, engaging real-world experiences that are relevant to children, youth, adults and communities.
On-line lesson plans and more-involved projects
Publications and other resources
EHO Gardening and Plant Resources
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Tips on gardening and resources to incorporate gardening into your homeschooling.
Using the Family Vegetable Garden as a Living Science Classroom
As a practical matter, a small plot of vegetable plants can provide many hours of fascinating scientific study for your homeschool. My children are almost as amazed by the garden plants as I was when I was a child.