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Nature Works Everywhere Gardens Activity Guide: Water

The purpose of this activity guide is to help students understand their garden as a model watershed through the collection and analysis of rainwater filtration data. This guide serves as an extension to the Nature Works Everywhere How Natural Areas Filter Water lesson plan, which can be found at www.NatureWorksEverywhere.org. In this guide,...

Biodiversity, Invasive Species, and Plant Biosecurity-Activity #1

The presentation focuses on biodiversity, how invasive species affect biodiversity, who is involved in detecting invasive species, and plant biosecurity.  It also features other plant biosecurity issues such as those that affect our food supply, the USDA Select Agents and Toxins list, and agroterrorism events of the last century. In the...

Catch and Release Insect Collecting

This activity worksheet guides students on how to practice "catch and release" insect collecting, where to look for insects, and how to observe them after they are caught.

Build a Tree

This activity (on pages 13-18) has learners build a model tree and then figure out how to make their tree stand up by itself.  This illustrates how the tall rain forest trees adapt to support a huge trunk and heavy branches, while also sending their roots out instead of down.

Plant A Tree

Never underestimate the power of a tree! Besides giving us an amazing array of paper and wood products, trees provide a host of other benefits—from shading our backyards to assisting in the maintenance of the global climate. Students can express their appreciation of trees by planning and carrying out their own tree-planting project.

From Seeds to Plants

Primary unit on plants. In this activity students use observational skills to compare and discuss the changes in plants. They will identify plant parts, where seeds come from and how they grow. They will also determine what plants need to survive.

Identifying Plant Family Characteristics

In this botany field activity, students make observations of the similarities and differences between three types of garden plants (cucumber, pumpkin, and melon) to determine why they are grouped together in one plant family. Students will record their observations in a journal and use these to make predictions of the plant family's defining...

Plants are All Around Us-Unit Outline

Students will explore plants, including their attributes and growth cycle, over the course of one month or longer. This unit on plants consists of 6 sequenced learning plans. Each activity or learning plan works best with a small group of 4-5 students, in centers, over the course of one week each. Duration of student engagement in tasks will vary...

How Does Your Garden Grow?

This reading assignment proides a brief summary of what a garden is, what plants need to grow, how plants make food, and other components of gardens such as pests and pollinators.

Can My Tree Catch the Flu?

This series of [4] activities helps increase youth awareness of Sudden Oak Death (SOD), a tree disease that has had devastating effects on oak populations in California. To provide an analogy to how a tree catches this disease, participants are introduced to a familiar situation – catching the flu. All activities were initially developed for a...

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