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“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” -Gandhi

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Botany Field Trip

I took my students out on a little botany field trip today to teach them how to use a Dichotomous tree key.

It was interesting. But I do think they learned at least ONE new thing. So here are a few of the things we looked at. (not all because I kept forgetting I had the camera!!!)

Some Buckeye!

Some Coneflowers: 2 species of Echinacea

And some butterfly weed:

And yes we did get around to some trees! LOL! They identified: Maple, Pine, two species of Magnolia, three species of Oak, Redbud, Ginkgo, and I managed to stump them with Japonica. Bad me, it is a cultivated tree and therefore was NOT on their key!

It was nice to get out of the lab for a bit and get some fresh air and exercise! I think they enjoyed it.

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