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Activity/Presentation: Specimen Stories by Lena Struwe

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…

Video: How to save a species from going EXTINCT | Plants are Cool, Too!

Another amazing episode of the video series Plants are Cool, Too! is out, and this time Chris Martine goes to Hawaii. Highlighting one of the coolest and most…

Lecture Slides/Videos: Flowers and Fruits Demos by Rebecca Humphrey

Rebecca Humphrey from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, USA, has developed this great virtual lecture slide deck with photos, videos, and detailed explanations of flowers and fruit…

Videos: Plant Systematics lectures by Bruce Kirchoff

Here is a list of recorded lectures on Plant Systematics by Bruce Kirchoff, professor at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA, and used in his course…

Manual: El Nombre de las Plantas by Lena Struwe (Spanish translation of ‘The Naming of Plants’)

Carmen Acedo at University of León, in León, Spain, has gracefully translated the manual The Naming of Plants into Spanish.  We are making it available as a free…

Website: Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life, plant articles by Elizabeth J. Hermsen

Elizabeth J. Hermsen has provided great illustrated web-based introductions to plant systematics, anatomy and morphology as part of the Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life.  These are great teaching…

Presentation: How to photograph plants (and more), by Lena Struwe and Peter Nitzsche

So much of documentation of biodiversity and educational projects today include digital images, but how do you take good photos of plants and features associated with plants (such…

Video: Off-road Enthusiasts and Coal Land Forest Restoration | Plants are Cool, Too!

Conservation takes partnership. Many off-roaders think conservationists are all “tree-huggers”… and many conservationists think off-roaders are all “tree-killers.” But somewhere in between there is a sweet spot where…

Video: Rappelling Scientists Find Rare Species Hiding for 100+ Years | Plants Are Cool, Too!

A team of biologists drops off a cliff to learn more about one rare plant, but ends up discovering something completely unexpected with the help of science Twitter….

Video: Allegheny Ice and the Blue False Indigo | Plants are Cool, Too!

Key concept: Even plants we use in gardens can be rare in nature – and student Cheyenne Moore is doing her best to help protect one of the…

Video: Rare plant biodiversity protection at the National Tropical Botanical Garden | Plants Are Cool, Too

Behind-the-scenes view of the plant conservation pipeline at the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kaua’i, where plant people are working every day to protect the plants of Hawai’i…

Handouts: Weedy Plant Information (toxicity, recipes, field identification), from Lena Struwe’s lab

Lena Struwe’s lab group at Rutgers University has developed several resources about common weeds of northeastern North America and these are shared with the public here.  They were…

Activity: Jelly Bean Evolution Assignment, by Lena Struwe

In this assignment developed for beginning college level students by Lena Struwe at Rutgers University, the concepts of natural and artificial selection, as well as Lamarckian evolution, is…

Activity: Street Trees Photolog and Ecosystem Service Calculations, by Amy Berkov

In this activity college students go outside and find ten street trees near their home or school, photograph them, identify them to species, and map them on a…

Activity: Botanical Home Products, by Amy Berkov

What kind of and how much botanical diversity can you find in the products in a a home, or just in a bathroom,  freezer, fridge, or pantry?  Go…

Activity: iNaturalist Observation Project, by Aaron Liston

This iNaturalist plant observation assignment for college students was developed by Aaron Liston from Oregon State University. It was designed to replace a traditional collection assignment. The students…

Activity: More iNaturalist Species Bingo sheets

Here is an alternative bingo sheet to the previously posted iNaturalist Species Bingo Project. I will post other species bingo sheets in this blog post when they are…

Activity: Timeline of Evolution of Food, Agriculture, and Cooking, by Lena Struwe

This interactive timeline marking major events in the history and evolution of food, crops, migration of food, agriculture and cooking methods were created in 2012 by myself (Lena…

Activity and Manual: How to take good and bad photos of plants for online plant identification, by Lena Struwe

This is an assignment I use in my Plant Diversity and Evolution class the week before they start their iNaturalist project.   The students learn how to take great…

Images: Univ. Wisconsin-Madison’s Virtual Foliage website

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Dept of Botany have many teaching images available on their Virtual Foliage homepage. They are divided up in three themed sets (linked below with an…

Online course: Intro to Alaska Flora, by Stefanie Ickert-Bond

The online college class Intro to Alaska Flora from University of Alaska Fairbanks includes fantastic components developed by botany professor Stefanie Ickert-Bond. These online resources are available for…

Activity: iNaturalist Species Bingo, by Lena Struwe

This activity uses the citizen science tool iNaturalist for a project for high school and college students that focus on species discovery and identification.  Observations are uploaded to…

Images: Dendrogrammaceae – a hypothetical family for the classroom, by Lynn Clark

These images of 21 hypothetical plants were created by Lynn Clark (Iowa State University) and Brandon Holt and can be used in a variety of exercises. Lynn Clark…

Manual: The Naming of Plants – explanations and examples, by Lena Struwe

Looking for a non-technical beginners and intermediate users manual in plant nomenclature that explains scientific names, common names, cultivated and trade names, and what changes in plant classifications…

Activity: Know your numbers – Your body as a linear scale for plant species identification and description, by Lena Struwe

In identification keys and species descriptions around the world, measurements are usually in the metric system, the universal system for scientific measurements. US students often do not have…

Activity: Toxic plants in the emergency room – fast and furious botanical role play, by Lena Struwe

Emergency Room (ER) toxic plant role play for Botany classes Developed by Dr. Lena Struwe (lena.struwe@rutgers.edu) This is the activity I presented at the Botany 2018 meeting as…

Activity & Book: Shanleya’s Quest – A Botany Adventure for Kids Ages 9 to 99, by Thomas Elpel

This innovative book and its 52 playing cards with flowers and families on them comes with instructions for 5 different card games to enhance learning of major family…

Book: ‘Botany in a Day’, by Thomas Elpel

The new 6th edition of this well-known book by Thomas Elpel follows the APG system (a phylogenetic classification system now used worldwide) and provides easy to access information…

Activity: Fitting the Earth’s timeline onto your body, by Lena Struwe

Key concept: Understanding and remembering order of events and time line for Earth’s geological and biological history. This is the handout for an exercise I do in my…

Activity: Morphology Bingo, by Lena Struwe

Get your students to run around outside the classroom and dig through the weeds in the lawns to find examples of obtuse, spinose, calyx, capsule, stamen, trichome, and…