An Online Curriculum about Native Plants
Philly Seed Pods is a Girl Scouts Gold Award Project with the goal of educating the children of Philadelphia and the surrounding area on the role of native plants in our ecosystems, and the importance of bringing them into our cities.
Part 1: What are Native Plants?
Part 2: Identifying and Removing Invasive Plants
Part 3: How Invasive Plants Harm Ecosystems
Part 4: Five Native Plants and How to Identify Them
Part 5: How Native Plants Help the Ecosystem
Part 6: How to Plant and Care for Native Plants
Downloads: Coloring Page 1 | Coloring Page 2
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Mia Hoppel, an incoming freshman at Rosemont College, is a Philadelphia resident and native plant enthusiast.
She has crafted this online curriculum as a part of her Gold Award Project, which also featured in-person native plant presentations and a native planting activity.
The Gold Award is the highest award available in Girl Scouts and is awarded to scouts who have completed an 80-hour project that focused on making the world a better place.
Making the world a better place is not only a large task, it also has very broad parameters, which allows individual scouts to focus on an issue of their choosing, and craft a project to meet the challenge of that issue.
For Mia, that issue is the impact of urban centers on biodiversity, and the way to tackle that issue is native plants. Change always starts with children, and if children can learn about the important role native plants play in the fight against climate disasters, real change can start to happen now.
Mia Hoppel’s passion for native plant life has fueled this project, and that passion was born at a young age in the garden and pursued further throughout volunteer projects and professional work in native plant gardens.
She hopes to share that passion with the next generation, and create a better future in the process.