In response to growing concerns of the health of our youth, the Good to Grow initiate was developed by the trained education staff at Powell Gardens. It is a plant science and health & nutrition experience for grades 3 through 5. Students become gardeners in Fun Foods Farm, are physically active over 60-minutes during the experience and help prepare and enjoy a fresh garden snack, all while learning about making healthy choices concerning food and physical activity. 

Good to Grow Overview

Students in grades 3 through 5 learn about photosynthesis and pollination. They weed, feed and help us seed Fun Foods Farm. (Garden activites are seasonal.) They learn about the benefits of green exercise while walking the Heartland Harvest Garden. Plus, they reap the benefits from the garden by helping to create a healthy garden snack. They participate in three learning modules each of which are tied to Missouri state Science and Health Education Grade Level Expectations.

Science Strand GLEs: 3.1.A.a, 3.1.B.a, 3.1.D.a, 3.3.D.a

Health Education GLEs: 1.1.E, 2.1.A, 2.2.A, 2.2B, 2.2.C, 5.1.A

What the Good to Grow Program Offers You, the Teacher

In addition to a three-hour experience, all materials are provided on site. You bring nothing but eager learners. Key features of the Good to Grow program which you, the classroom instructor, will find helpful include:

  • Program alignment to current Missouri Science and Health Education GLEs
  • Hands-on modules to engage a variety of learning styles
  • Coverage of key plant science concepts and terms to align to classroom objectives
  • A pre and post-visit assessment to gauge student progress
  • A place reserved for lunch for you and your students

Your Commitment to Learning

To make this experience meaningful and memorable, we must be able to provide a safe place for learning. We ask accompanying teachers and chaperones to manage behaviors of students so that all may participate. The Powell Gardens staff will lead the instructional components. It's a full experience, so your attention to student behavior will be appreciated.


Thank you to The Truman Heartland Community Foundation for helping fund the Good to Grow Program.

Good to Grow Pricing

  • Teachers are free
  • Students are $12 each*
  • All other accompanying adults are $10 each

Scheduling and Scholarships

To schedule a Good to Grow experience at Powell Gardens, please call or email our Education Coordinator or call 816-697-2600 x209.

*You may qualify for a FULL scholarship and be able to participate in Good to Grow at no cost to your district. Call today.




Did you know? Powell Gardens' Education staff would love to give you a preview of any of these programs. Learn more about our next Open House »


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