Teacher Resources


Sprout Learning

Check out our Sprout Learning video series created in partnership with Cognition Learning Center. Each video features a different plant found in Hawaii and includes a fun activity how-to at the end.

View the full video series on YouTube.

Science Teachers Enrichment Program

The Science Teachers Enrichment Program enhances teachers’ knowledge of current information about tropical biology and equips them with innovative techniques using an inquiry-based approach. Conducted in partnership with Kauai Community College, University of Hawaii.

Check back in the spring of 2023 for our next session announcement.

Tropical Plant Coloring Books

Learn more about tropical food plants, Hawaiian culture, and our islands unique ecosystems with our tropical plant coloring books! Click the images below to download a printable PDF. Each coloring book features beautiful hand drawings of tropical plants beside fun facts.

Hawaii Education Series

Explore the videos and corresponding worksheets below for fun and inspirational classroom activities for students across Hawaii. Lessons are geared towards 4th & 5th grade students but can be adapted.


Ferns are among the oldest living plants on the planet and play many important roles in their ecosystems. Check out this video to get a quick overview of ferns in their natural environment, fern anatomy, fern lab propagation, and a fun experiment to do at home or in the classroom!

Anatomy of a Ekaha Fern – Student Worksheet

Anatomy of an Ekaha Fern – Teacher Key

Fern Observation Sheet

Canoe Plants

The landscape of Hawaii is filled with what we refer to as ‘canoe plants.’ These plants might even be growing in your school playground! So, what is a canoe plant? Canoe plants were brought to the Hawaiian Islands by our ancestors, the Polynesian voyagers. Check out this video to get a quick overview of canoe plants and a how-to on making a Ti (Ki) leaf lei.


Learn about traditional Hawaiian land management systems (Ahupua’a) through a virtual visit to NTBG’s Limahuli Garden and Preserve. Humans have inhabited and cared for Limahuli valley for over a thousand years. It is home to many of our native plants and animals like our native ʻaʻo, moths, ‘o’opu, laua’e ferns, papala trees, and so much more.

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