Teaching Tools

Visit our Videos and Webinars page for informational videos on native plants and more.

Power Point and PDF of presentations

Below are Power Point presentations for teaching about native plants, beneficial insects and pollinators. Please click on the link once to open the file and save it on your computer. If you double click the link, the presentation will begin without the option for saving. Please contact the webmaster at catalert@msu.edu to request an editable version for educational purposes only. In your request, specify which Power Point presentation you need and how you plan to use the presentation.

Power Point files

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Listen to an interview with Anna Fielder, one of out Native Plants website authors, titled Bats, Native Plants and Earth Friendly Organizations. This broadcast is brought to you by blogtalkradio.com.

Looking for smart ways to incorporate native plants in your garden or support pollinators in your backyard? Visit MSU's Gardening in Michigan's Smart Gardening Resources page for tip sheets, videos and more on Smart Gardening to protect pollinators, smart plants, smart vegetables, smart lawns and smart soils. 


These publications from MSU Extension are helpful in planning native plant habitats that support beneficial species.

  • Native Plants and Ecosystem Services: A bright, six-page summary of the information at this website about native plants and their role in ecosystem services. Suitable for use in classrooms or other educational opportunities. Order E3167 from MSU Extension Bookstore.
  • Attracting Beneficial Insects with Native Flowering Plants: A colorful, 5-page summary with plants ranked for ability to attract beneficial insects. Order E2973 from MSU Extension Bookstore
  • Identifying Natural Enemies in Crops and Landscapes: A handy pocket-sized reference for use outside. Although originally written for field crop farmers, it is appropriate for use with other crops, and in caring for your yard and garden. The content for this 46-page guide is contained in the website Identifying Natural Enemies. Order E2949 from MSUExtension Bookstore.
  • Conserving Native Bees on Farmland: Another colorful, four-page fact sheet for farmers of insect-pollinated crops. Includes native bee biology with practical advice for increasing native bee abundance on farms. Order E2985 from MSU Extension Bookstore.
  • Native Plants bookmark: Two-sided bookmarks perfect for distribute at meetings. Each side describes benefits for establishing native plant areas around the home or farm. Includes this web’s address. Purchase in packs of 100 bookmarks ($2 each) at MSU Extension Bookstore. Bulletin number E3046.
  • Ecologically Based Farming Systems: This 140-page book from MSU Extension aims to support farm productivity while benefiting the environment and the people who live in the community. Chapters cover community-based food systems, agricultural landscapes and IPM benefits of managing field borders and other non-crop vegetation. Additional chapters on holistic approaches for field crops, potatoes, tart cherries and managed, intensive-grazing look at new ways to manage farms. A chapter on organic farming highlights two Michigan farmers’ organic practices and their families farm experience. Order E2983 from MSUE Bookstore.