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 virtual classroom visit, and ongoing support. Materials, supplies, and staff time are valued at over $500.
Grow Lab is continuing this school year with a few virtual adaptations.
As the world continues to navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic, Red Butte Garden is offering the following alternatives to the traditional Grow Lab program to help keep our staff, volunteers, students, and educators safe.
If you’re a returning Grow Lab classroom and have at home students or a hybrid teaching scenario with some distance learners and some in-person students, you can still conduct the Grow Lab program! Check out the options below and assess which is best for your school and district. Then, click the link to request virtual or pre-recorded materials.
Returning Grow Lab classrooms, please check out the recommendations below on how to best conduct Grow Lab this year. Thank you for referring to your school, district, and state guidelines for guidance. Click below to submit a request for planting materials, Brassica rapa seeds, a virtual visit, and more!
Virtual teacher training workshops for new and returning teachers, including SEEd curriculum updates and other important information for an optimal virtual grow lab experience