Register Here for 2017 Ten Plants Teacher Trainings!

Do you know the 10 Plants that changed Minnesota? Learn these plants along with fun and educational STEM activities that meet Minnesota graduation standards. Designed for middle and high school students, but easily adapted to younger students, activities range from measuring the value of a tree, measuring wild rice populations in Minnesota lakes, how plant breeders produce new apples and how to measure lawn fertilizer. Who should attend? Anyone who teaches kids and wants to learn more about plants and Minnesota!  

Plan now to attend 10 Plants That Changed Minnesota teacher training free workshops. Beginning at 9 am and running until 3 pm, the agenda for each workshop includes a breakfast and lunch, and 6 hours of continuing education. PLUS all science teachers receive the new 10 Plants That Changed Minnesota book and the 70-page 10 Plants Teachers Activities Handbook.

Twelve workshops will be held throughout Minnesota throughout the year of 2017. See the table below for dates and locations and Register for a free workshop near you!

Date City Location
3-Mar Chaska Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Schoolyard Garden Conference
28-Apr St. Cloud St. Cloud Regional Extension Office
16-May Moorhead Family Service Center of Clay County
17-May Fergus Falls Lakes Country Service Coop
19-May Thief River Falls Northwest Service Cooperative
20-Jun Lamberton U of MN Research and Outreach Center
22-Jun Cloquet Forestry Center Library
27-Jun Brainerd Brainerd Extension Regional Office
14-Jul Rochester Rochester Regional Extension Office
19-20-Oct St. Paul St. Paul River Center, MEA/ED MN (Booth with MN Landscape Arb)
24-Oct Mankato U of MN Extension Regional Office, Sakatah Room
10-Nov St. Cloud MN Science Teachers Association Conference (Trade Show booth confirmed, , details TBD)
14-Nov Lamberton U of MN Research and Outreach Center
16-Nov Morris Morris Regional Extension Office

For more information contact: Mary Meyer, 612-301-1247; University of Minnesota Horticultural Science professor and extension horticulturist.

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 to buy 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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