Hands on Plants Science (HOPS)

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) has hosted hundreds of urban children and teachers in the National Garden for Hands On Plant Science (HOPS). Participants immerse themselves in the natural world; they dangle over the bridge and learn that clean water is critical for plants and all life forms, they explore the power of the sun and learn how plants make their own food, they watch pollinators in action and have the opportunity to wander and wonder. The National Garden becomes an outdoor classroom where students and teachers use microscopes, dissect flowers, analyze soil and learn how seeds travel.

 

HOPS SUMMER PROGRAM

Each year we hire four teachers and eight students (must be at least a rising highschool junior) to help facilitate our two-week HOPS program.

Teachers and students will lead a Hands on Plant Science experience for DC youth between the ages of seven and 12. This two-week program takes place outside in the National Garden. Program staff will gain plant science teaching skills and knowledge, with a special emphasis on hands-on learning.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit an application no later than March 18, 2016. 

For an application and more information click here. Questions and completed applications may be directed to Lee Coykendall at lcoykend@aoc.gov

HOPS TEACHER INSTITUTE

Through generous donations, HOPS has expanded to include a Teacher Institute. Each summer, we enroll 15 teachers in the program. Teachers will be immersed in the National Garden working with 16 different HOPS educational modules. Upon successful completion of the program, teachers will earn a Certificate of Participation for 14 professional learning units and be gifted a HOPS Kit and Manual to take back to the classroom. 

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit an application no later than April 1, 2016. 

For an application and more information click here. Questions and completed applications may be to Lee Coykendall at lcoykend@aoc.gov


To learn more about how The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company supports HOPS, click here