Smith Faculty

The botanic garden is the living laboratory for a variety of courses as well as numerous research projects. Students have valuable and exciting opportunities to work directly with living plants as part of their academic studies.

All departments and students are encouraged to incorporate the campus landscape and our collection of living plants into your studies. Let us know how we can help you.

Curricular Enhancement Program

The intent of the Curricular Enhancement Program is to assist faculty in making meaningful connections between their courses and the resources of the botanic garden. Faculty (and teams of faculty) in any discipline are invited to submit proposals for the development of new courses or the significant modification of existing courses. The Curricular Enhancement Program provides stipends and supplemental funds to support these efforts. For the 2023-24 academic year, the Botanic Garden will be specifically funding courses that connect to our upcoming exhibition The Bell Jars: Lyman Conservatory and Sylvia Plath’s Botanical Imagination

The deadline to submit applications for 2023–24 courses is June 1, 2023. Applicants must meet with Sarah Loomis, Manager of Education, prior to submitting an application to learn more about the botanic garden resources and to discuss preliminary ideas.

For more information, click on the links below or contact Sarah Loomis.

Courses past and present