Dandelions! Friend or Foe (Eng/ Fr)

by  Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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Dandelions… some people may see them on their lawn with mixed feelings, but these are amazing, super resilient, and useful plants! Explore how they survive in so many environments and how people use them. Don’t forget to pick a couple of plants, roots and all, to use during the presentation!

This program is
offered in both English and French. If you would like it in French, please note
that in the Comment box of the Request form.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $140.00

IMPORTANT - 2023 fee increase
Fees are set to increase Feb 1, 2023. If the program is booked by January 31, 2023 for a date between January and June 2023, you will be charged the 2022 rate - $140.00

Program fees can be paid by credit card or cheque or eTransfer.
CAD for Canadian organizations.
USD for all others.
Invoices are prepared at the end of the month that the program happens. Please let RBG know if there is a Purchase Order # that needs to be included in invoice.


45-60 minutes depending on grade level

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Art, Mathematics, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

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

Booking Information

This program is best done when dandelions are in season so late April - May or possibly September.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs can be cancelled with at least 48 hours notice unless the cancellation is due to inclement weather. Ideally a test will be conducted before the presentation when in school, but if these are to students at home, technology may be a reasonable explanation for cancelling the program.

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 12 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


Where have you seen dandelions?
Discuss why they are there and how they survive?
1. Explore the origins of dandelions - name, location, status, plant relatives
2. Explore the parts of the plant. Participants should have a dandelion plant or two for this program.
3. Discuss the benefits of dandelions - animals, plants, humans.
4. Demonstrate and create two quick activities with dandelion flowers and stems.
Questions are welcome any time.


The participant (dependent on grade level) will:
- develop and appreciation of the history of this plant and it's importance to animals, other plants and humans
- explore the parts of a dandelion
- engage in a discussion about their significant adaptations to survive in various habitats
- take part in a couple of activities that use the flower stem.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.SL.1a -- Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.SL.3 -- Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.SL.3 -- Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.K.SL.3 -- Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
LS1A 3-5 -- Structure and function
LS1A 6-8 -- Structure and function
LS4D 3-5 -- Biodiversity and humans
LS4D K-2 -- Biodiversity and humans

State Standards

Grade 3: Growth and Changes in Plants
Grade 4: Habitats and Communities
Grade 6: Biodiversity
Grade 7: Interactions in the Environment; Form and Function