- Learn about the types of careers in horticulture
- Understand what horticulture professionals do
- Green-Collar Careers Student Magazine printable
- Green-Collar Careers Research Activity Sheet printable
- Computers for student use
Make copies of the Green-Collar Careers Student Magazine printable and the Green-Collar Careers Research Activity Sheet printable for each student.
Step 1: Explain to students that there are many jobs and career paths in the green-collar industry. Some of the jobs let you spend most of your time outside, while others bring you in close contact with people and local organizations. All of the jobs have several things in common, including the ability to make serious contributions to physical and environmental health.
Step 2: Tell students that professionals in this field enjoy work that is both engaging and fulfilling. They perform valuable services for society while protecting the environment. Here are examples of what a day in horticulture might look like:
- Growing food that is safe and nutritious and inspecting food for plant diseases.
- Preserving natural habitats by taking care of plants and maintaining landscapes.
- Imagining and designing landscapes, using knowledge of architecture and plant biology.
- Managing greenhouses and nurseries to create plants that will improve the environment.
- Researching plants to solve some of our biggest challenges, including diseases and invasive species.
- Working with robots and drones to help us develop and grow plants.
Step 3: Have students read the Green-Collar Careers Student Magazine printable to discover different jobs. The magazine describes many horticulture jobs and the responsibilities that come with them.
Step 4: Distribute copies of the Green-Collar Careers Research Activity Sheet printable. Tell students to choose a job and research the role that the corresponding professional plays in society. Give students the option of contacting a person in the community who has that career in order to learn more specifics.
- Have students create questions regarding their horticulture profession of choice. Hold a Trivia Challenge where students answer each other’s questions.
- Consider establishing a job-shadowing program so students can learn from local horticulture professionals.