Grow Lab Program at Red Butte Garden


About the Grow Lab Program

Students and teachers love this inquiry based, hands-on science program. Created in 2001, the Grow Lab Program is designed around the Wisconsin Fast Plant, which matures from seed to seed in 40 days. Each student plants their own plant and learns about plant parts, germination, flowering, pollination, fruit development, and seed dispersal. The Grow Lab Program is provided at NO COST to Utah’s 1st grade teachers in public and charter schools. The program includes a teacher workshop, a grow lab light frame kit, planting materials and Wisconsin Fast Plant seeds, an eight lesson curriculum, materials for hands-on activities, a classroom plant poster, a classroom visit, and ongoing support. Materials, supplies, and staff time are valued at over $500.


1st Grade Lesson Plans and Materials

Grow Lab

This eight-lesson curriculum is designed to teach segments of Utah’s new integrated core curriculum in science, language art, math, and visual arts. Activities are for inquiry based, hands-on teaching and learning.

The curriculum is given to the teachers at the teacher workshop. Every teacher who attends the workshop and arranges for a classroom visit will receive all the supplies and materials needed to teach the lessons the first year. Most of the original materials can be used year after year.

A Red Butte Garden staff member comes to your classroom, teaches the first lesson on seed structure and germination, and plants the Wisconsin Fast Plant seeds with the students. The lesson is 90 minutes long.


Grow Lab Background Information for Teachers

Planning Calendar

My Seed Journal

My Seed Journal - Spanish version

Teacher Workshops


Grow Lab

Teachers are required to attend one four-hour Grow Lab workshop. Workshops are typically held at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, but can be held closer to your school if you are in central or southern Utah. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Principals and District Science Coordinators are invited to attend.


TEACHER WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Teachers using Grow Lab are required to attend one four-hour Grow Lab workshop. Workshops are typically held at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, but can be held closer to your school if you are located in central or southern Utah. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Principals and District Science Coordinators are invited to attend.

Please email Amie Cox at amie.cox@redbutte.utah.edu
to be placed on the roster

2018 Fall Schedule


Local Workshops

Salt Lake District

Saturday, November 3, 9AM-1PM

Red Butte Garden - Dumke Horticulture Center

(4 hours relincensure credit)



2018 Winter Schedule


Local Workshops

Salt Lake District

Saturday, January 5, 9AM-1PM

Red Butte Garden Classroom

(4 hours relincensure credit)


Saturday, February 9, 9AM-1PM

Red Butte Garden Classroom

(4 hours relincensure credit)



Out of Area Workshops


To request a Grow Lab Workshop outside of the SLC area, please email Amie Cox at amie.cox@redbutte.utah.edu


Teacher Commitment

Grow Lab

Teachers should be ready to have fun! Students love studying the plant that they have grown from seed, and this program makes it easy! Teachers are required to attend the workshop, assist the Red Butte Garden staff member during the classroom visit, complete the lesson plan, and continue to use the Grow Lab year after year. Because the lesson plans are designed around the growth cycle of the Wisconsin Fast Plants, the lessons must be completed in sequential order within the 40-day time period. Teachers are also required to complete a program evaluation after their first year.


To get this program started in your classroom or to give us feedback about the program, please contact Amie Cox, School Programs Manager at 801-581-7230 or e-mail amie.cox@redbutte.utah.edu








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