Plants

The Forest Files

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The Forest Files explains the mechanics of forest operations and introduces the details of the water, air, and soil cycles using a variety of science experiments.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio with closed captions.

Ocean Glider Robots in Antarctica

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Oceanographer Oscar Schofield teams up with a group of world-class researchers in a race to understand climate change in the fastest winter-warming place on earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula. Schofield's innovative fleet of glider robots allows him to study phytoplankton blooms and how they influence the feeding patterns of Adelie penguins. He collaborates with other scientists who study krill, bacteria, birds, and whales, to gain a macro view on the changing ecology in Antarctica. These ocean gliders are outfitted with a variety of sensors that allow him to collect temperature, depth, salinity and phytoplankton data throughout the ocean waters surrounding the West Antarctic Peninsula.

Explore the Jungle

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A group of friends heads into Borneo's rainforest to document the sights, sounds, and smells of the jungle, in this media gallery from PLUM LANDING. They explore biodiversity in a tropical rainforest and learn how the sun provides the energy that keeps this ecosystem buzzing.

Joey Noir Plants

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PreK-2 students observe and describe changes in plants as they grow and examine how sunlight, water, and nutrients impact growth. Video content is delivered by intermediate, middle school and adult actors portraying characters who enter their plants in a contest.  Coordinating curriculum is designed to introduce PreK-2 students to appropriate vocabulary and understanding of plant growth.

Discover the Desert

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Learn how desert plants and animals access water and beat the heat, in the four videos in this media gallery from PLUM LANDING. Join a group of friends as they head into Australia’s hot, dusty, and dry outback to complete a series of mysterious missions from Plum. Along the way, they see how desert plants and animals access enough water in a place where it sometimes seems you can’t find any. 

Curious George: Paper Towel Plants

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This video from Curious George shows students helping bean seeds sprout outside of soil by meeting their essential needs for moisture, temperature, air, and light. The children place the beans and a wet paper towel inside a zippered plastic bag and leave them undisturbed in a warm, well-lighted place. After two weeks, the students return and observe that the beans have sprouted and, like apple seeds, will one day grow to be fully developed plants.

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The Botany of Desire: Dutch Flower Auction

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Go behind the scenes at the Dutch Flower Auction and learn how the human desire for beauty has given rise to a multi-billion dollar trade in a product with no practical value.

Botanist

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See how plants make the world better (and the career lab a little bit happier) as you learn about rewarding careers in plant science. 

What is Biodiversity?

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This excerpt from the KET Kentucky Life biodiversity series, offers a brief overview of what we mean when we refer to the biodiversity of a particular area or region.

Garden Health and Maintenance | Think Garden

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This video from KET’s Think Garden examines what a garden needs to remain healthy. Explore the choices that lead to a thriving garden like choosing the best location to plant the garden and preparing the soil by composting, weeding, and mulching. Learn how to tell when a garden needs watering and how much it requires. Also find out how to meet the special needs of specific plants.

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