Free Offer for Teachers

Are you a science teacher in Minnesota? If so, you are eligible for a free copy of the 10 Plants that Changed Minnesota book and the 70-page 10 Plants Teachers Activities Handbook. Click here or on the Free Offer heading above, to fill out a form to request your copy.

10 Plants Teacher Trainings

Thank you to all of those who attended the 10 Plants Teacher Trainings in 2017. We hope you left the workshop with valuable materials and resources that you can use in your classroom!

10 Plants that Changed Minnesota is now available to order!

10 Plants that Changed Minnesota is a book to inspire Minnesotans of all ages to learn and reflect on the 10 plants that have most impacted our state.  10 Plants that Changed Minnesota is available for purchase through the Minnesota Historical Society.

If you are a school or an educator interested in ordering the book for your classroom, please contact Matt Horstman at

The 10 Plants Teacher Activities Handbook (8 MB) is a companion publication to the 10 Plants that Changed Minnesota book. This Handbook was created especially for Minnesota middle and high school life science teachers with fun, engaging and meaningful STEM activities designed for students involving each of the 10 plants. Each chapter begins with the list of Minnesota Academic Standards that are specifically addressed followed by more than 70 classroom activities, many of them interactive. Teacher resources are included along with answers to each activity. Each chapter is a stand-alone unit that can be completed individually, using one or two of the activities for a short, 30-40 minute time period. Activities can be used on a a daily or weekly basis, using all 10 Plants or selecting ones that are especially appropriate to your classroom or county.

Ten Plants That Changed Minnesota is protected by copyright. Permission to photocopy pages from this book for educational use in K-12 schools will be granted at no charge on the condition that the teacher sends an e-mail to listing the school, town, grade level, and number of students. Teachers who wish to assign extracts from the book in college classes are asked to follow their institution’s usual practices for use of copyrighted material.

Educators will find many ideas to teach plant science as well as the importance of plants for Minnesota on this 10 Plants website. Content information on each plant is listed on a separate page, along with references and additional resources.

Activities by age are listed on the For Youth page.

Reading Lists for Adults and Youth complied by the Andersen Horticultural Library are found on the Resources page.

Add your thoughts on educational ideas using the 10 Plants by using our Add Your Thoughts page.

Click here for a 10 Plants Public PowerPoint Presentation.


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