Education and Outreach


The National Science Foundation funded a project to assemble resources for teachers to easily instruct their students about native plants.  The links below offer detailed descriptions of different classroom activities that can be done by elementary-aged students.  What is an herbarium covers the importance of herbaria in the overall goal of native plant preservation and conservation.  How to press a plant provides step by step instructions on making an individual plant collection, and assembling and using the proper tools for creating long-lasting, valuable specimens.  Creating a classroom collection allows classmates to share their noteworthy plant specimens with other students, teachers and parents through a colorful and educational display.

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Learning Opportunities

The University of Montana Herbarium is open to the public!  We encourage students of all ages to learn more about native plants and the importance of their preservation, both outdoors and within our historical archive.

The Herbarium is staffed part-time, Monday-Friday, so please contact the Curator for more information on scheduling a visit.  Group tours are available and limited to roughly 12 people due to space constraints.

Small school group tours (less than 10 people) are also available.  These tours provide an age-appropriate overview of the importance of herbaria and a short lesson on creating an herbarium specimen using our pressed plant teaching collection.  Please contact us for more information!

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