Young Learners


The Purdue Arboretum is an excellent space for students to learn and interact with the natural world around them.  Here are some fun activities that students and kids can do when they come for a visit!

Plant Hunt

Follow the guide and map to find plants with certain special characteristics in several different areas of the Purdue Arboretum.  The Plant Hunt is divided into two parts, North and South, depending on which part of the campus you are in.  Work in teams and see which team can find the plants the fastest!  In some instances, there are multiple plants that could fulfill each hint.  You can check your plants with the answer key when you are done.

Plant Hunt Guide, Map, and Answer Key

Nature DioramaDiorama Front View

Use your imagination to create a miniature nature scene with plant materials you gathered during your visit to the Purdue Arboretum!

Nature Diorama Instructions

Plant ID CollectionPlant ID Book

Many students are required to create a plant ID collection for school, but putting together a leaf collection can be fun and interesting, whether it is as a class assignment or not!  Before visiting the Purdue Arboretum, you can discover and map out the plants you would like to see using the Purdue Arboretum Explorer’s “Create Your Own Tour” feature, which works on both desktop computers and mobile devices.

Plant ID Collection Instructions

Tree Seed NecklaceTree Seed Necklace

One of the most fascinating biological processes in nature is seed germination.  Watch a tree seed sprout fuzzy roots and eventually grow into a little tree sapling with our Tree Seed Necklace Project!  Carry your own little piece of the Purdue Arboretum with you wherever you go.

Tree Seed Necklace Instructions

 


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