The following online lessons are made to teach elementary-aged children about science and nutrition through the lens of plants and gardening. The Junior Master Gardeners lessons below are created in line with Colorado Academic Standards and provide a creative means of at-home learning. The lessons are made in partnership with The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado and The La Plata County CSU Extension Office.


Click on the lessons below for corresponding worksheets, videos, and garden fun!

Lesson #1: Plant Needs

April 20, 2020

Plants, just like humans, have special needs to grow big and strong. In this lesson we use an acronym to help us learn about plant needs. This lesson includes the two worksheets and video below: P.L.A.N.T.S GUIDE P.L.A.N.T.S WORKSHEET

Lesson #2: Red Light, Green Light Foods

April 27, 2020

Different foods can range from very healthy to unhealthy. Learn about eating well with red light, yellow light, and green light foods. This lesson includes the the worksheet and video below: Red, Yellow, and Green Light Worksheet

Lesson #3: Seed Dispersal

May 5, 2020

How do seeds move? In this lesson you’ll learn how seeds travel through their environment, as well as make your own seeds to experiment with different types of dispersal. This lesson includes the worksheets and videos below. Seed Dispersal Worksheet Seed Model Instructions pt. 1 Seed Model Instructions pt. 2

Lesson #4: Plant Parts

May 11, 2020

Have you ever wondered what plant parts do? This week Ms. Kristin and Ms. Sarah explore the different plant parts and their jobs by making a plant parts diagram. This lesson includes the worksheets and videos below. Plant Parts We Eat Worksheet

Lesson #5: Composting and Recycling

May 18, 2020

Waste put in the trash can eventually ends up at a landfill. There it will stay for a long, long, long time. Landfills take up LOTS of space on the earth. We can help the earth by recycling and composting as much as we can, so less waste ends up […]

Lesson #6: Compost Ingredients

May 22, 2020

The earth recycles all on its own! This process is called composting. Composting helps us reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. It is a process that returns nutrients back into the soil, making our fruits and veggies even more delicious and healthy. This week, Ms. Kristin […]