California Botanical Society





Launch meeting!

Join us on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 2:00-3:00pm at the CNPS Conservation Conference, Los Angeles to share ideas about how to launch our new Botany Ambassador Program. Room TBA.





Botany Ambassador Program

The California Botanical Society is launching a new program to inspire future botanists and to help build the communication and professional skills of current botany scholars.

We invite graduate and undergraduate students to participate in the program.

Botany ambassadors will develop and exchange teaching materials, and will visit local schools, botanic gardens, and outdoor education venues to give short lessons introducing K-12 students to botany and informing them of botanical careers. Ambassadors may also “translate” recent Madroño articles into summaries, stories, and news briefs for general audiences, to be posted on the Society’s website. In addition, graduate students will have the option to obtain experience as a reviewer for Madroño.

With this program, we aim to inspire student interest and awareness of botany as a career, and to facilitate the professional training of current botany students. Those interested in participating or supporting this program should contact Rachael L. Olliff Yang, our Membership Chair.

Botany Lesson Forms

Botany Ambassadors can work with local schools, gardens and parks to implement botany lessons for K-3rd grade students. Please let us know if you need help initiating this process in your area. Here are a few lesson forms for K-3rd grade classrooms to introduce botany:

K/1st Grade: Botany On Your Plate

1st Grade: All About Seeds!

1st Grade: Roots, Seeds & Stems: Putting Plants Together

2nd Grade: Plant Life Cycle

3rd Grade: Plants Adapt to their Environments

Create New Botany Lessons

We also welcome new lesson contributions. To create or contribute botany lessons to our program, please email Rachael L. Olliff Yang.

















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