Inspiring exploration, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world.

Life Cycles of Plants

The Life Cycles of Plants Program is a fun and inspiring Environmental Education Program designed for 2nd grade at the Boardman River Nature Center. This exciting 2 hour program identifies the needs of plants, explores some of the characteristics of plants and looks at how people can positively and negatively impact the life cycles of plants. The program will include hands-on activities in the classroom and an expedition into the natural world around the Nature Center. It is designed to get kids outside, introduce them to the wonders of nature, allow them to explore the outdoors, and to participate in an active learning environment. It was developed to inspire exploration, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world.

This program was created specifically for grades 2-3 but can be adapted for other age groups as well.

The  Life Cycles of Plants Program will include three components:

  1. The Needs of Plants: Plants need air, water, soil and light.  Plants take nutrients (food) from the soil. Students will explore the needs of plants through hands-on activities.
  2. The Life Cycle of Plants: The life cycle of familiar flowering plants include seeds, plants, flowers and fruits. Students will use their observation skills to compare the parts of plants and categorize them based on those observations.
  3. The Impact of Human Activity on Plants: Human activity can affect plants, both positively and negatively. Students will explore some of the ways that people impact plants and will determine ways to minimize negative impact.

All of our programs meet many Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and Next Generation Science Standards.

For a full list of standards that the Life Cycles of Plants program conforms to, CLICK HERE.