Plants

Seasonal Science: Venus Flytrap

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We have all heard about the bird and the bees and the flowers and the trees, but have you heard about the carnivorous, predatory Venus flytrap? This amazing plant has adapted so it can survive in the sandy soils of coastal North Carolina. It has developed a fine balance between attracting insects to 

Plant Ecologist and Civil Engineer | Great Job!

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Visit the uniquely beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National and follow Plant Ecologist Chris Davis as he works to rid the park of invasive plant species, and bring back vibrant native species to the park. Afterwards, we tag along with Janet Popielski, a Civil Engineer at the park, as she shows us her work on a natural – and nearly invisible – wastewater treatment plant.

The Power of Pollination: Protecting the Honeybee

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Honeybees' role in the pollination process makes them vital to the food supply. Agriculture depends on increasing the number of honeybees on farms. Research scientists study ways of saving the valuable honeybee population, which is on the decline in some areas due to parasites, Varroa mites, and pesticides.

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.

Engineering Biofuels

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This video segment adapted from KQED's QUEST profiles the work of Jay Keasling, a synthetic biologist experimenting with ways to produce a cleaner-burning fuel from biological matter, using genetically modified microorganisms. Keasling's approach involves engineering microbes to eat simple sugars found in plant matter and then excrete fuel. The video explains the two techniques that may enable Keasling to accomplish this: metabolic engineering and directed evolution. It also suggests that creating biofuels from plants may actually contribute to global warming rather than help combat it.

Dinosaur Train | Planting a Garden

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In this Dinosaur Train clip, the family is on their way to visit Tiny's flowers at the Big Pond. Mr. Conductor teaches her that she can see her flowers whenever she wants if she plants a garden. This resource teaches students how seeds grow into plants, and how to plant a garden.

Fake Fossils

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In this video, explore fossils: remnants of plants and animals preserved in stone.

Tulip Mania

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Learn how the reproductive strategy of angiosperms, the class to which flowers belong, led to an explosion of diversity. Consider how tulips have enthralled humans across cultures and time.

Roots and Shoots

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Kaya, Kiana, and Kalea model how a plant’s roots, stems, and leaves take up and store water from the environment, in this video from PLUM LANDING. Using sponges, waxed paper, and water, they compare how different characteristics, such as leaf thickness and a protective waxy coating, help plants store water and keep from drying out.

Baobab | San Diego Zoo Kids

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Learn about the diverse habitat of the wildlands of Madagascar by taking a look at the plants and animals of this ecosystem including the Baobab Tree.

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