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Plant Protection Program

View of Black Hills showing trees recently killed by mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae). Photo credit: Chris M Morris,, CC BY 2.0

The Plant Protection Program encompasses a variety of professional development workshops and educational resources that engage public gardens in forest health protection and plant conservation. Click on any of the following links to learn more about how your garden can participate!

Educational Outreach: Use our interpretive signs to enhance the experiential learning opportunity at your garden. Outdoor signage educates visitors about topics related to forest health, invasive species, and plant conservation.

Plant Heroes Youth Program: Public garden professionals, parents, and teachers can download journals, lesson plans, activity books, and field guides for free.   

Sentinel Plant Network: Scouting resources, diagnostic support and educational materials to help public gardens stop serious pests and diseases by working on the front lines of early detection and engaging community members as citizen scientists!