This teaching module uses the often hidden information about a plant, a place, and a person connected through a herbarium specimen and how students can investigate it.

Herbarium specimens contain a multitude of information that can be investigated and summarized by students to create unique, relevant, and interesting stories of a person’s life, a landscape, and/or species biodiversity. For more information, see documents below.

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Instructions:  Specimen Stories Teacher Instructions (Word docx) (143 downloads)

Presentation slides: Specimen Stories (slides for talk at Botany 2021, pdf) (156 downloads)

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