Plants

Plant for the Planet

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11-year-old Felix Finkbeiner from Germany, inspired by Wangari Maathai, plants millions of trees. We learn from him how trees take up CO2 and help mitigate climate change. Students can research which tree species take up the most CO2. They can also calculate how much a tree takes up as it grows by measuring the circumference of its trunk. Plant trees in your schoolyard and community and track the growth of each tree (height and trunk diameter DBH) for an LTER (Long Term Research project) and carbon sequestration over time.

Rare Nebraska Featuring the Loess Canyon

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As a companion to NET’s The PlainStory podcast, NET has produced a set of immersive, experiential videos designed to give viewers a taste of rare Nebraskan habitats via 360 video and audio. We recommend viewing these using the Chrome browser and using headphones to get the full audio effect. We also recommend checking out The PlainStory podcast at plainstorypodcast.org, or wherever great podcasts are downloaded.

A Year in the Garden | Think Garden

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This video from KET’s Think Garden collection tells the story of a traditional summer garden over the course of a year. Learn how to prepare for a garden starting in January through early spring by composting, starting seeds, and mapping the location of plants. See students in school gardens prepare their gardens for planting in the spring by measuring and creating pathways, and then watch as they tend to their gardens all summer by watering, weeding, and harvesting. Finally, learn how to get a garden ready for winter, and then start all over again!

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

DragonflyTV | Cactus

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Mark and Alex are junior docents at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. They do presentations for museum visitors about plants and animals, especially the saguaro cactus. One visitor asked a question about the holes that are visible in the arms of the cactus: do the holes in a saguaro cactus always face the same direction?

Measuring Redwood Giants

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A forest ecologist is leading a team of scientists as they climb and measure some of the last and tallest old growth redwoods in California. In this QUEST video produced by KQED, learn about their goal which is to learn how these ancient giants have historically responded to climatic shifts and to monitor how they are being impacted today by global warming.

Teachable Moment: Photosynthesis and Nitrogen Cycle | Fast Forward

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Learn more about the definition and explanation of nitrogen and photosynthesis in this Teachable Moment.

Which Came First - Flowers or Bees? | It's Okay to Be Smart

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Bees and flowers have an amazingly close relationship. Flowers need bees in order to reproduce, and bees need flowers to feed their colonies. Take away one, and the other would disappear too. It begs the question: When it comes to evolution, which came first, the bees or the flowers?

Seagrasses and Blue Carbon | In the Grass, On the Reef

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Seagrass beds provide an array of services to both humans and animals, including providing food and shelter, producing oxygen, and carbon sequestration (storing carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere). Seagrasses are also facing large-scale decline. Dr. Randall Hughes studies the seagrass beds of Saint Joseph Bay to better understand the decline of this important ecosystem and the potential impacts of losing it. This video will help students learn about the economic and environmental services provided by seagrass beds and better understand the potential affects of losing this habitat.

Photosynthesis | Crash Course Biology

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Hank explains the process of photosynthesis. This extremely complex series of reactions allows plants to feed themselves on sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water and also creates some byproducts we're pretty fond of as well.

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. 

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