Project Description

Program Description
Students will learn about plants through direct exploration, observation, and drawing with a variety of media including pencil, ink pen, colored pencil, and watercolor. Topics will include basic botanical concepts such as plant life cycles, plant anatomy and morphology, plant families and naming of plants, native plants and their pollinators/habitats, etc. Emphasis is on the physical experience of mindfully seeing and drawing plants accurately; observing and understanding the plant’s role in the ecosystem; using good scientific and naturalist methods such as leave no trace; and principles of nature journaling such as daily observations, record keeping, species identification, personal reflection and the enjoyment of art as a means of understanding.

Final Product
Each student will develop and take home a personal nature journal with botanical drawings, observations, reflections and multimedia artwork.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will understand the basic structure of plants and will be able to draw, identify and label the external parts.
  • Students will gain observation, identification and scientific inquiry skills.
  • Students will learn illustration skills using pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor.
  • Students will develop understanding of scientific words and concepts related to botany and plant anatomy.
  • Students will develop journaling skills by observing, drawing, writing and recording their observations and reflections over time.

Suggested Grades

  • Best suited for K-8th grades.
  • Can be modified for grades 9-12.

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours: 1.25 hours per classroom
  • Materials: $1.25 per student
  • Travel from Eugene
Optional WREN Program Expansion