Hands on Plants Science (HOPS)

For the past four summers, the United States Botanic Garden has hosted hundreds of urban children in the National Garden for Hands On Plant Science (HOPS). Children 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 use microscopes, dissect flowers, analyze soil and learn how seeds travel.

HOPS, 2012

Through generous donations, HOPS has expanded to include a teacher training component. This summer we will enroll 20 teachers in a HOPS teacher training. Teachers will immerse themselves in the National Garden working with HOPS educational modules and will take a HOPS kit and accompany lesson plans back to their classrooms.


Learn more about how The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has supported HOPS.