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WildCare's Junior Botanist Program

Junior Botanist studying plants
Junior Botanists exploring
Program Founder Wendy Dreskin in the field

WildCare’s Junior Botanist Program introduces students to native trees, ferns, flowers and grasses.

Starting at Kindergarten level, students learn five trees and their cones/seeds/acorns, four ferns, ten flowers and six grasses.

The number increases at each grade level, through Eighth Grade.

At the end of each learning level, the students are awarded a Junior Botanist certificate.

Program Premise

Plants are the basis of the food web, and threats to them impact all animals. When non-native plants replace native plants, many animal species lose a valuable food source. This is especially devastating to the many endangered species of the Bay Area.

How does it work?

The program takes place over the course of a school year. A volunteer comes to your Marin Classroom in the Fall and introduces the program to your students. You do the teaching with the help of materials provided:

Tree Study Kit
Flower Study Kit
Fern Study Kit
Grass Study Kit

(visit the Marin Native Plant Society website for posters and other materials www.marin.edu/cnps/). Volunteers do the testing - Grades K-2 test orally with individual examiners. Grades 3 - 8 take a written test. Students get a certificate for each section of the test they pass, getting recognition for what they have learned, and can be tested on the other sections at a later date.


Free to teachers with an $85.00 fully refundable deposit.

For more information

Call Wendy Dreskin at 415.457.3949 or email Wendy at bdreskin@comcast.net