PLANTS Lessons

Lessons can take place at the Urban Farm or at your site. They are hands on, interactive experiences that give learners of all ages an opportunity to connect their classroom knowledge to the natural world around them. Lessons are available for school groups, community organizations, church groups, etc.

Educational visits can include an introduction to the farm and a farm tour, along with educational activities. Some of our most popular lessons can be found below.

Biology on your Plate: Curious about how plants grow and how we use them? This could be the right topic for you. This lesson explores basic plant structure and function, as well as discussing parts of the plants we eat.

Under your Feet: Many people will argue that good food starts with good soil. This lesson will get into what makes up good soil and how it’s made, along with discussions and explorations of soil and compost.   

Go with the Flow: We all live downstream. This lesson will focus on what that means and how it affects us all. Topics discussed are water sheds, pollution, erosion, and the water cycle.

Roots and Blooms: You can trace civilization back to the advent of agriculture. In this lesson we’ll explore how the two are tied together by looking at food origins and food miles.

Everybody Eats: At CCUA we have a saying; Food is good. We also understand that food isn’t a fad, it’s here to stay. We all must eat to stay healthy, and unfortunately not everyone has access to good food. In this activity concepts of food insecurity and poverty are discussed at all levels of our society, from neighborhood to planet.

Backyard Biodiversity: Take a look at a standard yard and many people will only see grass, but even in a small space of a grass lawn you would be shocked at the variety of life that exists. This lesson will help us understand the importance of biodiversity, how plants and animals interact with each other, and how we fit into it all.

What’s the Buzz: Did you know that 1/3 of all our food exists thanks to pollinators like bees and butterflies? We’ll learn that and much more about our pollinating friends in the garden, including how to help and protect them, with this lesson.

Please schedule at least 3 weeks in advance to ensure that we can accommodate your group. To schedule please complete our Lesson Request FormTo cover our costs we charge a fee of $7 per student, if this is a burden inquire with our staff about the availability of grant funding to cover these costs.

If you have any questions or concerns about scheduling your group for a PLANTS Lesson, please contact CCUA’s PLANTS Educator Clint Brinkley at or by phone at (573) 514-4174. We look forward to working with you!

Proper Attire
This is a working farm and there will be dirt! Please dress according to the weather. Wear boots or closed toe shoes (no open toe shoes) and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. We also recommend a water bottle to help stay hydrated.