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Seeds and Plants (2014)

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Real World Science is a dynamic and engaging video series designed to not only convey information, but to inspire students. Each program in the series presents core scientific concepts and principles in the context of real life situations and events helping students to make real life connections to science.

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Seeds and Plants

Cyberchase | Patterns in Nature

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In this video segment from Cyberchase, Bianca wants to learn why her plants keep dying, so she transports them in a carriage to the New York Botanical Garden. A helpful plant expert shows her some patterns in plants, including bilateral and rotational symmetry, before discovering the pattern that may be killing Bianca's plants.

Mark Catesby Explores New Worlds

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[00:29:37] Shorter edited version provided by the Catesby Commemorative Trust. In 1712, English naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749) crossed the Atlantic to Virginia. After a seven-year stay, he returned to England with paintings of plants and animals he had studied. They sufficiently impressed other naturalists that in 1722 several Fellows of the Royal Society sponsored his return to North America. There Catesby cataloged the flora and fauna of the Carolinas and the Bahamas by gathering seeds and specimens, compiling notes, and making watercolor sketches.

The Curious Mister Catesby

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(00:55:28) In 1712, English naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749) crossed the Atlantic to Virginia. After a seven-year stay, he returned to England with paintings of plants and animals he had studied. They sufficiently impressed other naturalists that in 1722 several Fellows of the Royal Society sponsored his return to North America. There Catesby cataloged the flora and fauna of the Carolinas and the Bahamas by gathering seeds and specimens, compiling notes, and making watercolor sketches. Resources includes both volumes of the original book published in 1731. The books contain all his original art work of plant and wildlife specimens completed during his journeys.

The Adventures of Mark Catesby: Unknown Explorer of The New World

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[00:02:51] Overview of naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749) crossed the Atlantic to Virginia. Catesby cataloged the flora and fauna of the Carolinas and the Bahamas by gathering seeds and specimens, compiling notes, and making watercolor sketches.

Community Garden

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Orville Edwards, an urban naturalist, describes how community gardens can help improve the quality of life in the city. Vacant lots in a neighborhood in Brooklyn are converted into gardens. Edwards works in the largest community garden. Green spaces, like this garden, become a sanctuary for people living in a busy, congested city. They become spaces for people to relax, experience healthy living and socialize with neighbors in a positive way. In this video segment from WILD TV, Edwards shares his hopes that the garden space will be replicated across the United States to bring people together.

Planning Your Garden: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Having a successful and productive garden starts with a great plan. In this first How-to-Garden video, learn how to design your garden for the most impact. Maximize the sunlight, water source, soil quality, climate, and budget available to you. This video supports the Nature Works Everywhere Gardens curriculum that includes activity guides and the How-to-Garden video series.

Building a Garden in a Day: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Believe it – you can build a garden in a single day. In this second video of the How-to-Garden series, you will see that creating a garden doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By following these guidelines, you will build a productive and healthy garden from the ground-up in just a few hours. This video supports the Nature Works Everywhere Gardens curriculum that includes activity guides and the How-to-Garden video series.

STEM Alive | OVERVIEW

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STEM ALIVE is a series of educator training videos focused on STEM topics. Each video invites educators to explore a new STEM-based hands-on activity guaranteed to spark student interest and motivate further scientific inquiry.

Urban Trees: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Tree planting in urban areas can reduce summertime temperatures, noise pollution, and harmful airborne particles, all while trapping some of the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. In this video, students learn how trees are crucial organisms in urban foodwebs, and how planting and maintaining trees can benefit all elements of city living. 

Find a lesson plan here to accompany this video.

Caring for Your Garden: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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You’ve planned and planted; the soil, plants and structures are in place. Now what? In this third video of the How-to-Garden series, see and hear how easy it is to care for your garden. Learn about the three components of a healthy, productive garden and develop long-term maintenance strategies. This video supports the Nature Works Everywhere Gardens curriculum that includes Activity guides and the How-to-Garden video series.

Harvesting Plants in Space

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Find out how researchers and astronauts teamed up to study the growth of an ordinary plant in space—and why that impacts farming back on Earth—in this video from SciTech Now partner Science Friday. Students will explore two contrasting ideas about how plants and their roots grow in the absence of gravity, discover new factors that influence plant growth and design their own space farming experiment.

Scientist Profile: Forest Canopy Researcher

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When Forest Canopy Researcher Nalini Nadkarni was young, she studied dance and biology. Now she puts on climbing gear and spends her time high up in the forest canopy of Washington State. The canopy is one of the last frontiers on Earth, and Nalini is studying how some plants in the canopy--called epiphytes--survive without having their roots in the ground. (Spanish version also available)

Stewards of the Land | Odegard Farm

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Growing a wide variety of grains, the Odegaards seeded marginal land to grass, mulch tilled, rotated grazing pasture and networked with other participating farmers. 

Jerry Jacobson: Maple Syrup Maker | Prairie Mosaic Shorts

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Harvesting maple syrup has a long history in Minnesota, dating back to the 1500s when Native Americans transformed sap into maple sugar. Today, Jerry Jacobson of Vergas, MN has perfected his method of making maple syrup by realizing that winter weather conditions have a direct effect on his harvest in the spring. Learn more in this profile from Prairie Mosaic Shorts. 

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