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Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge | Wild Nevada

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Wild Nevada highlights Ash Meadows, a spring-fed wetland and alkaline desert. It was established to protect and restore native plants and animals found nowhere else in the world.

The Forest and The People | The Forest Files

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Trees contribute a lot to our lives, physically, aesthetically, economically, emotionally, and spiritually. Man has had a complicated relationship with the forest since humans began to populate the earth.

Career Connections | Environmental Scientist

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Meet an environmental researcher who discovered as a young child his interest in the environment and now works to improve natural ecosystems in southeastern Ohio.

Career Connections | Natural Science Manager

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Hear from a forest services manager who leads projects for forest health and sustainability about the importance of learning math, science, writing and communication. Learn about the many careers available in the area of natural sciences.

Disappearing Plants | Clue into Climate

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In this video slideshow and accompanying lesson from Clue into Climate, produced by KQED, students will learn that a slight change in average temperature in an area can result in different vegetation patterns. Students will also discover that climate models project widespread loss of habitat for about two-thirds of California’s plants, and that plants’ ability to withstand a rise in average temperatures is limited.

Revisiting Albino Redwoods, Biological Mystery | QUEST

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Hidden among the giant redwoods deep in California's redwood forests are small albino redwoods. Very few of these pale, ghostlike trees exist and none grow very large, yet somehow they continue to survive. Join KQED's QUEST on a visit to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to examine these unusual forest phantoms. Find an explanation of how albino redwoods differ from regular redwoods as well as information about photosynthesis and genetic diversity among redwood trees.

The Sex Lives of Christmas Trees | Deep Look

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The humble pine cone is more than a holiday decoration. It's an ancient form of tree sex. Flowers may be faster and showier, but the largest living things in the world? The oldest? They all reproduce with pine cones.

Velcro

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A sphinx asks two children how a pair of sneakers is like a dog that has been outside in this animated video from LOOP SCOOPS. The kids discuss how dogs, after being outside, sometimes return to the house covered in burrs. Looking at both burrs and Velcro® under a magnifying glass, the children discover that both are covered with tiny hooks. The sphinx explains that the inventor of Velcro® was actually inspired by a walk in the woods with his dog.

Greening the Golf Course

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This UNC-TV segment demonstrates how the management of Pinehurst Golf Course #2, with the help of environmental engineers, made the course more sustainable. They used fewer chemicals, replaced the turf with native species, and cut water use in half.

The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers | Ina Vanderbroek

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Meet ethnobotanist Ina Vanderbroek in these videos from NOVA's "The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers." Ina studies how people use medicinal plants for healing. She explains how she creates a guidebook of the plants to help doctors treat their patients better. The TV series Star Trek influenced her to become a scientist. In her spare time, she enjoys salsa dancing. This resource is part of the NOVA: Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers Collection.

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