Gramene Celebrates FoPD – Update

To celebrate Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) in New York, members of the Ware Lab (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) brought a little amazement to the young and bright minds of kindergarteners at Bayville Primary School, as well as to a number of children from various elementary schools in the Locust Valley area who are members … Read more

Fascination of Plants in Hopewell, NJ – update

What do plants do? Why are different types of plants important? These were the central questions for two plant day activities in Hopewell, NJ. Leeann Thornton, a plant biology professor at The College of New Jersey, taught third graders about plant diversity and identification. The students learned a few characteristics for identifying tree leaves and … Read more

Missouri Botanical Garden – A Fascinating FoPD Update

Some of us visit botanical gardens for aesthetic enjoyment, exercise, or to get ideas about what to plant in our own gardens. Rarely do most of us consider what goes on behind the scenes or just how critical plant research is to our daily lives. Botanical Society of America members got a chance address these … Read more

Beall Elementary, a Fascinating Update

As part of Fascination of Plants Day, over 60 1st grade students at Beall Elementary School in Frostburg, MD were treated to hand-on activities centered on how plants use their senses to explore and respond to their environment. The budding scientists were asked to voice and write their ideas about whether or not plants can … Read more

3rd International Fascination of Plants Day: Monday May 18th

This year’s Fascination of Plants Day, a plant scientists’ initiative launched in 2012, has been already adopted by 54 countries worldwide. All information about this initiative can be accessed via www.plantday.org and is supported world-wide by a network of National Coordinators who voluntarily promote and disseminate the activity within their countries. Already over 509 scientific … Read more

WILD Fascination of Plants

Our day-to-day life here at Western Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) is infused with the study and appreciation of plants. Several school-wide, year-round projects reflect our belief that the study of botany, ecology, and the environment is fundamental to an education that provides young people with the knowledge and skills needed to become leaders and changemakers … Read more

University of Maryland, Baltimore County: study break with plants

Students from Dr. Hua Lu’s class and lab are celebrating Fascination of Plants Day by hosting a midday study break on campus. All are invited to enjoy activities, prizes, food (plants), and free plants to take along. Plant fans are welcome to present a favorite plant or  to swap or donate a plant at the … Read more

St. Louis: Plant Walks & a Filmfest @ Missouri Botanical Garden

Get out and enjoy the diversity of plants at the Missouri Botanical Garden with a botanist-led plant walk on May 18th as we celebrate Fascination of Plants Day! Scientists will lead plant walks on a variety of topics with tours on topics from Native American Ethnobotany to behind-the-scenes at the research greenhouses. All walks depart … Read more

Berkeley, CA: It’s All in the Touch

It’s an All in the Touch Free for All for May 18 (& beyond) Dr. Peggy G. Lemaux and graphics expert Barbara Alonso grant free worldwide access to the new All in the Touch curriculum (grades 5-8).   This resource for plant biology provides many hands-on activities for exploring plant diversity, cell structure, function, and … Read more

Frostburg, MD: 1st Grade & Tropisms

First grade students at Beall Elementary in Frostburg, MD – with the help of ASPB member David Puthoff – will investigate their fascination with plants by exploring whether bean plants set on their side or upside-down can re-orient themselves using light and gravity to grow in the correct direction again. Their first exploration is on … Read more

NJ Students to Play with Trees & Dance with Plants

On May 18th, Leeann Thornton will teach third graders in Hopewell, NJ about tree diversity with a drawing and identification game. She also will lead a Plants in Motion workshop where preschoolers in Pennington, NJ will watch some of the Plants in Motion movies and dance like the plants. For more information contact Leeann at … Read more

Oregon Farmers Marketing: growers + biologists = improved food crops

Patrons of the Corvallis and the Albany Farmers’ Markets will be invited to share their knowledge as growers or consumers and also to discuss with scientists why and how plant biology improves food crops. From flavor to sustainability, all stakeholders can meet at the booth set up by Jill Bushakra (USDA-ARS) to share ideas on … Read more

Hairy Plants Exploration at Sustainability Fair – Huntington, WV

On May 16 from 10 AM – 5:00 PM discover why some plants are hairy. Visit the trichome exhibit at the Sustainability Fair in Huntington, WV! You will find FREE basil plants,  a raffle for a Plants are Fascinating basket, and an interactive exhibit about hairy plants. Did you know that plants have hairs called … Read more

Classroom & Garden Interactive Sessions: Fort Myers, FL

Six Mile Charter Academy (SMCA) in partnership with the Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW), will celebrate the Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) on May 16th at SMCA grounds. The purpose of this event is to disseminate the importance of plants in everyday lives of students and make them realize that life without plants is virtually … Read more

Fascination of Plants Day: Undergraduate Involvement at University of Maryland

Students in the University of Maryland-Baltimore Campus (UMBC) Plant Molecular Biology course taught by Prof. Hua Lu can earn extra-point opportunities for the course this semester by participating in the Fascination of Plants Day on May 18th. The class will conduct events on the UMBC campus, such as making a poster to show how great plants … Read more

Family Science Festival – ASPB spreads FoPD inspiration at AAAS Family Science Days in San Jose, CA

On February 14-15, visitors to the ASPB interactive exhibit on plant science will use plants to explore genetics and DNA. Kids of all ages also will play games that underscore how critical plants are to our planet and our daily lives. With plant-y interests primed, booth visitors will be invited to share Fascination of Plants … Read more

Participatory Art in the Veggie Garden

1st Pennsylvania plan shared for Fascination of Plants Day 2015! WoMo Artists, Maryann Worrell (Arcadia University) & Doug Mott will build a participatory installation called Crisis Farm: Seed to Table. With help from the Street Road Artists Space, this portable garden & gallery exhibition aim to cultivate community-wide fascination with essential elements of our natural … Read more