Starting cost per student: $10
Max. Capacity: 60
Transportation Needed? Yes
Who Arranges Transportation? School
Is Financial Assistance Offered? Yes
In this interactive hands-on study, students will observe both the intricacy and diversity of leaves found amidst Selby’s unique plant community. Using specialized flat crayons to create leaf rubbings, students will discover the unique vein structure and texture of different plants. Next, high-powered hand lenses will be used to magnify the exterior features of the leaves. Inquiry-driven discussions throughout the lab include the function of leaf veins, simple vs. compound leaf structure, vascular vs. non-vascular plants, the purpose of varying leaf shapes, i.e. the bo tree’s drip tip. (Optional Extension for 6th-12th grade students: “Name that Florida Native!” An interactive activity allowing students to classify plant characteristics using field guides and a simple dichotomous key. Students can identify many indigenous plants at the species level as part of an authentic botanical inventory experience.)
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