In response to the BSA's call to action (Botany for the Next Millennium, 1995), the TULIP (Teachers Using LIving Plants) Project was developed in 1997 to "enhance public awareness of the fundamental importance of plants to society" by promoting botanical education for K - 8 teachers. To date, botanical education has been promoted via the TULIP Project by (1) sponsoring K-8 teacher retraining workshops, funded through a 3-year Eisenhower Professional Development Program grant; (2) interacting with science educators (University faculty in the Curriculum and Instruction Department and graduate students) to provide botanical expertise in teacher training; (3) working with pre-service teachers to improve their botanical knowledge; (4) promoting the use of plants for the teaching of Science Standards (American Association for the Advancement of Science at and National Research Council's National Education Science Standards at and (5) informing the general public about this project by providing information to local media outlets. This presentation is a report of the activities involved in setting up the TULIP Project to promote botanical education for K-8 teachers in the School District of Onalaska, Onalaska, WI.

Key words: educational outreach, science standards