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Plants form the main ingredients of medicines in traditional systems or healing and have been the source of inspiration for several major pharmaceutical drugs. Approximately 50,000 species of vascular plants have been used medicinally. Predominately these plants are used in traditional remedies, food, personal care and perfumery; only around 100 plant species have contributed significantly to modern drugs. We'll examine plants used in both areas and the impact on biodiversity and sustainability of these plants.

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By Request: $150.00

Fee: Regular price: $150
Canadian schools and groups will pay in Canadian dollars (CAD).
American and other international schools and groups will pay in US dollars (USD)
* HST/GST will be added for CDN schools where applicable.
* International (including US) and Indigenous schools are tax exempt.
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Payment: Cheque/ check, credit card or e-transfer


45 - 60 minutes for secondary students

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod After school clubs Public Library: Library Patrons Various clubs such as Guides or Scouts

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Primary Disciplines

Health/Physical Education, Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Minimum of 48 hours notice is required for all cancellations, excluding cancellations due to nature, i.e., school closed because of snow days.
No cancellation fee will be assessed if you reschedule within two months of the original program date.
If a program is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, no refund will be given and a cancellation fee ($60) will be charged.

About This Provider

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Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Royal Botanical Gardens is a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.

Education at Royal Botanical Gardens encourages environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world. 
With over 15 years experience delivering engaging interactive videoconferencing programs, we offer topics that explore biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment. Whether you are looking for an insect program; a program exploring wetlands, their functions and human impacts or you want to discover more about a delicious chocolate treat; we have a wide variety of plant-based programs to support and enhance your classroom needs or stimulate and entertain older adults. 
No matter where you are, your group can interact with our educators and scientists.

Karin Davidson-Taylor
905-527-1158 x249

Program Details


1. Program begins with a group brainstorm about how they use plants, the parts used and species diversity.
2. We will discover some facts about healing plant use.
3. Using the plant specimens collected, students will discover the uses for the plants from the handout (pg 5 of attached teacher's document) that they have matched.
4. We will examine some plants that were the inspiration for some modern medicines.
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


The participant will:
- explore the variety of plants used daily
- discuss the history and traditional uses of these plants
- compare with modern use
- discover plants that are used in modern prescription drugs
- engage in a discussion on the importance of conservation and biodiversity.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NS.9-12.3 Life Science:
The Interdependence of organisms
NS.9-12.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives:
Personal and community health
Natural resources

State Standards

Grade 11 (SBI3C)
Biology: Plant Structure and Physiology
Grade 11 (Science 24)
Life Science: Disease Defence and Human Health