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Botany in a Box Family Activity Kit: Create a Plant Press

Become a botanist in your own home as you create a plant press to preserve flowers and leaves. Use your preserved plant specimens to create an herbarium collection or create beautiful dried flower and leaf artwork!


Botany in a Box Family Activity Kits provide families the opportunity to take hands on learning into the comfort of their own homes! Each Activity Kit includes background information, project instructions and materials needed to complete an activity or exploration at home.


Audience: Families with children ages 5 and up.


Kit Fee: $20.00 per kit, $18.00 per kit member; kit fee includes shipping


Create a Plant Press Kit includes:

- Materials and hardware needed to create a 6" x 6" hardwood plant press

- Paint to decorate your plant press

- Mini collection notebook

- Plant identification labels

- Pollinator seeds pack

- Information sheet and activity instructions to guide your exploration


Shipping Information: Botany in a Box orders are processed on Mondays and Thursdays. Orders placed Thursday 9 a.m. - Monday 9 a.m. are processed on Mondays. Orders placed Monday 9 a.m - Thursday 9 a.m. are processed on Thursdays. Once your order has been process and shipped, you will receive an email confirmation with tracking information.


Guided Homeschool Exploration at Plains Conservation Center: Sod Homestead

Find out what it was like to live in a sod house in the 1880s! Explore our replica sod village, compare artifacts from then and now, and make you own homestead toy to bring home with you.

Audience: Families with children ages 5-12

Program Fee: $8 per child, $6 per member child; $8 per adult, $6 per member adult

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite. Due to social distancing and group size restrictions you must register all members of your party ages 3 and up.

The following safety procedures and requirements are in place for attending onsite classes during COVID-19:

All adults and children ages 3 and older are required to wear a mask.

Class sizes are reduced to follow social distancing protocols. Materials used during the program will not be shared between participant groups and will be disinfected between each use.

The program will take place entirely outdoors.

Please practice social distancing  keep at least six feet away from visitors not in your party.

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist as more dates and times may be scheduled.


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