Flower Activities to Celebrate Teachers and Moms

As the month of May begins, flowers are in bloom, bees are buzzing, and teachers and parents across the nation are hard at work making the most of the remaining days of the school year. This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother’s Day. The work we do through our school programs would not be possible without the collaboration of amazingly dedicated educators and the support of moms everywhere. That dedication continues as teachers and parents are creatively turning their own homes into classrooms.

For this special week, our mascot Buddy Bison is excited to help your children express their appreciation by creating a unique “thank you” card featuring a national park flower. Next, discover a special flower from Mount Rainer National Park, the White Avalanche lily. Learn about the parts of this pacific northwest flower, perform a flower dissection, then take a virtual tour of the park to experience the brilliant wildflower meadows without leaving your home.

Help your kids celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and thank their teachers with the help of Buddy Bison. Create a national park wildflower “thank you” card, scan or take a picture of their work, and then email it to their teacher.  Your kids can even show their appreciation during an upcoming online class.

Download the template and decorate the Trillium flower, found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (located in NC & TN) using construction paper, stickers, magazine cut-outs, foil, crayons, and other supplies from home.

BONUS: We have also included a template for a Mother’s Day card!


Parks such as Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Mount Rainer National Park (WA) boast some of the world’s most beautiful wildflowers. But there’s more to these blooms than meets the eye.

With the help of Buddy Bison, learn about the parts of the White Avalanche lily. Then using real flowers from your backyard or neighborhood, perform a dissection at home to see the parts of a flower firsthand. Download the instructions below.

Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state is distinguished by its high peak, glaciers, and wildflower meadows. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the lower 48 states, bringing life to five major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows surround the icy volcano while ancient forest covers Mount Rainier’s lower slopes.

Enjoy this virtual tour of this breathtaking park! Click on the image to get started.