Virtual Visits



Take a deep dive into our work by hearing from the people who protect plants everyday! Topics vary from plant discovery to conservation efforts. View recordings of previous webinars at the link below or check out events page to register for upcoming sessions.

View our library of webinars on YouTube.

Research Tools

Tropical Plant Database – Explore our living collections from home using our plant database.

Herbarium Database – View our digitized Herbarium vouchers.

The Bulletin – Check out NTBG’s bi-annual publication.

Library Search Engine – Search our research library book collection.

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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