USA / United States of America

The fourth international "Fascination of Plants Day" 2017 will be launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation will also be a key message.
Everybody is welcome to join this initiative!

We invite you to organize for the 18th of May 2017 a fascinating activity related to plants attracting and interacting with the public. Our goal is to break the record of 1000 events you organized in 2013. May 18th 2017 will be the Fascination of Plants Day itself and most events will be organized for this day. In addition, where this is not suitable, events will be organized throughout the weeks of 2 - 31 May 2017. Just contact the US national coordinator Natalie Henkhaus at the American Society of Plant Biologists or the EPSO Coordinator to discuss and get guidelines for using the Fascination of Plants Day. The Fascination of Plants Day corporate design can be downloaded for free at the “PR-toolbox” on this webpage to be used to prepare, hold and report on this day, see “Main Menu”.

We invite many others to join in, ranging from schools to horticulture and anyone who feels to have a suited contribution to this initiative. Many plant science institutions, universities, schools, botanical gardens, and museums, together with farmers and companies, have opened their doors at the Fascination of Plants Day 2012, 2013 and 2015 with a variety of plant-based events for all the family - just look at the “Success Story” links in the given countries by clicking “Countries”. Again, the media are invited to join in, and scientists, farmers, politicians and industrialists will discuss with them and present the latest state-of-the-art research and breakthroughs in the plant science world and explore all of the new potential applications plant science can offer.
The Fascination of Plants Day will be backed up by a range of events in public spaces, theatres, cafes, central city squares and parks designed to get everyone thinking about plants.

Plants are fascinating. From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise - from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet. Plant biologists estimate the total number of plant species roughly to be about 250,000. On the back of this coordinated activity we hope to plant again many virtual and constantly germinating seeds in the collective mind of the European and World Public that plant science is of critical significance to the social and environmental landscape now and into the future.

These institutions will take part at the Fascination of Plants Day 2017. If you also like to join this initiative, just contact your national coordinator

American Society of Plant Biologists

  • -- USA Plant Day 2017 Event Raffle
    To participate, organize an education or public outreach event during the month of May 2017 in your community and submit your event by email to Events may be held in a classroom, laboratory, community center, or garden. One winner will be awarded a $300 cash prize for a pizza party for your classroom, lab, or research group. Raffle Contest Rules.
    Submit your event by May 14, 2017 (11:59 PM) and be entered into a raffle for a pizza party! One winner will be selected and announced on Fascination of Plants Day (May 18, 2017)!
    competition competition
    - May 14, 2017 / May 1 - 14, 2017
    - To participate, contact
    Target audience: students, professionals
    Organizer: Natalie Henkhaus, American Society of Plant Biologists,
    ASPB Education Outreach

American Society of Plant Biologists

  • -- #PlantDayUSA Photo and Video Contest
    Upload your fascinating plant photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube by May 14 with the hashtag #PlantDayUSA to enter the American Society of Plant Biologists Photo and Video Contest. Prizes range from $50 to $150! The most liked photos and videos will be awarded prizes – make sure to share and like your favorites.
    competition competition
    - Deadline May 14, 2017 / March 29 - May 14, 2017
    - Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
    Target audience: everybody
    Blog ASPB share your fscination of plants

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, USA

  • -- From the seed to the fruit: evolution, development and adaptation of plants.
    Discover the fascinating world of plants and plant sciences research with fun hands-on activities, demonstrations and presentations for all ages! From the germination of the seed to the development of the fruits, come learn how plants evolved and adapted to their environment.
    - hands on activities
    - presentation
    - exhibition
    - Discussion Q&A
    - Saturday, May 20th: 10 AM to 3 PM
    - Michigan State University
    Atrium of the Molecular Plant Sciences Building
    1066 Bogue Street
    East Lansing, MI
    Target audience: everybody
    Organizer: Anne-Sophie Bohrer-Cognon, event coordinator
    Aparajita Banerjee, volunteers coordinator

University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

  • -- Fascination of Plants Day
    There is an invitation-only event for Lincoln Public High School Students from 9 am to 2 pm.
    At 4 pm, we open the doors for a fabulous public event featuring:
    - Venus Fly Trap Feedings
    - Touch Plant Giveaway
    - HOPS Research
    - Soybean-based feed stocks for aquaculture
    - How roots sense gravity
    - Who is George Beadle and why did he win the Nobel prize?
    - Guided tours of the Maxwell Arboretum
    - And more!
    Come and see what plant science is all about.
    - open day
    - guided tour
    - hands on activities
    - presentation
    - exhibition
    - Greenhouse open for tours
    - May 18th from 9 am to 2 pm (High school students only) and from 4 pm to 6 pm (general public)
    - The Beadle Center Atrium (student and public), Keim Hall (student only) and the Maxwell Arboretum (public only).
    Target audience: everybody, children 8 - 10, learners 10 - 14, students, professionals
    Organizer: More information? Please contact the UNL Center for Plant Science Innovation at

Organized By: i-Cultiver
Hosted By: Carnegie Institution for Science
Visiting Organization: Children’s Day School
San Francisco Bay Area

  • -- Interacting With Plant Biology at Carnegie
    Middle School students from the Children's Day School in San Francisco will spend the afternoon with plants learning about how they shape our past, present, and the future. Students will meet Teosinte, a wild grass thought to be the ancestor of Maize. A hands-on demonstration by Margaret Bezrutczyk will reveal how maize was domesticated. Heike Lindner and Jacob Moe-Lange will use interactive methods to showcase their latest research in plant biology. Middle school students will get to know rare succulents through a highly sought after collection of Haworthia with George Theodoris, a local Haworthia collector. The students will then tour plant research greenhouses, growth chambers, as well as the native plant garden on the Carnegie Institution grounds.
    - guided tour
    - hands on activities
    - presentation
    - exhibition
    - seminar or lecture
    competition Showcase for new cutting edge technologies used in plant biology research, Guided tour of plant gardens, Interactive activities, getting to know crop plants and domestication, and Presentations by students and post-docs
    - May 18th, 2017 (11:30 am – 2:30 pm)
    - Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science, 260 Panama St., Stanford
    Target audience: students, Middle School Students (6th grade)
    Organizer: Rajnish Khanna, Founder, i-Cultiver:, (707) 205-7084
    Margaret Bezrutczyk, Carnegie Institution for Science:, (516) 633-1933
    Analise Heid, Children’s Day School: (650) 243-8319

UMBC Plant Group
Baltimore, MD

  • -- Awesome plants
    Students and faculty at UMBC who are interests in plants will get together on May 18th 2017 to introduce UMBC students, staff, and faculty about plants and the importance of studying plants. Students will prepare posters about the usefulness of plants, plant diseases, genetic engineering (pros and cons), fun facts about plants, etc. These posters will be presented through interactive activities with visitors. Students and faculty will also bring vegetable and flower plants to give away and their favorite plants to do show-and-tell to the community.
    - open day
    - hands on activities
    - presentation
    - exhibition
    - May 18 11 AM - 2 PM
    - Breezeway on UMBC campus
    Target audience: Breezeway on UMBC campus
    Organizer: Hua Lu
    Associate professor
    Department of Biological Sciences
    University of Maryland Baltimore County
    1000 Hilltop Circle
    Baltimore, MD 21250

Plant Imaging Consortium (PIC) (NSF EPSCoR Project)
Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA

  • -- Fascination of Plants Day
    PIC scientists and staff are hosting two elementary schools and one local high school @ Arkansas State University. During their visits, the students will tour the plant research laboratories and interact with the PIs and graduate students from each. Specifically, they will view our high-throughput phenotyping facilities, greenhouses, and plant growth rooms where most of our plants our housed. Afterwards, we will perform a hands-on activity focused on plant produced products such as medicines for human health and aquaculture applications.
    During their time here, we hope they will better understand "what a plant scientist does every day" and how cool research can be!
    - guided tour
    - hands on activities
    - presentation, Select groups only
    - May 11th 9-11am
    May 15th 9-11am
    May 17th 9-11am
    - Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
    Target audience: children 8 - 10, learners 10 - 14, students, 4th grade and up
    Organizer: R. Shea Harris, PIC Outreach Coordinator
    Dr. Argelia Lorence, Co-PI, Arkansas State University (ASPB member)

University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

  • -- Elementary School Visit
    Dr. Jason Wallace (UGA Department of Crop & Soil Sciences) will be speaking about the importance of diversity in crops and how scientists are using science and crop diversity to improve food.
    - presentation
    - seminar or lecture
    - Friday, May 12
    - Elementary School
    Target audience: children 8 - 10
    Organizer: Jason Wallace