Plant knowledge in particular has always been central to Indigenous lifeways. Paying close attention to plant life helps us build stronger relationships with lands and waters, and deepens our place-based knowledge. Plants play important roles within ecosystems so learning from plants teaches us about the many beings that plants are in relation to and about the ecosystems as a whole. Plants can also teach us how to live a good life in harmony with our environment, such as how to care for and respect those around us or how to thrive in difficult conditions.
Download an overview of the plant arc here.
Download plant activities for you and your family below. All activities are interconnected and do not need to be done in any particular order. We learn from plants through our experiences with them, whether it be harvesting medicines, growing food in a garden, or simply paying attention to what grows around us. The plant activities are meant to support this kind of experiential and relational learning. You will be prompted to look closely, reflect using all of your senses, and wonder about big ideas as a family.
You can use these cards with many of the activities below to support your learning.
This short document gives an introduction to the Plant Arc and related activities.
In this activity, you will learn about weeds, their impact on their environment, and how we might think about them.
During this activity, you will draw connections and build relationships with plant relatives by going on a walk.
In this second walking land activity, you will revisit a plant relative and strengthen your relationship with it.
This final walking land activity involves collaborative teaching and learning with plant relatives, where you can share your knowledge with others.
Learn about seasonal cycles and relationships of plants in this activity. These aspects of plant life are central to Indigenous ways of being.
In this activity, you will look for nettle and get to know this plant relative a little better.
Get ready to draw in this activity where you will really get to know our plant relatives by sketching them in detail.
Download all of the Plant Arc activities in one handy PDF.
We want to understand where they are being used and by whom.