Educational Materials and Programs on Wildflowers
Note: The National Park Service does not control and cannot
guarantee the relevance, timeliness, or accuracy of the materials provided
by other agencies or organizations. The Federal Standards of Ethical Conduct
prohibit the National Park Service from endorsing these outside agencies
Celebrating Wildflowers Educators
The Celebrating Wildflowers Educators Program promotes understanding, appreciation,
and conservation of native plants and their habitats by emphasizing their
aesthetic, recreational, biological, ecological, medicinal, and economic
values. Using wildflowers as a window into native plant communities,
the program includes teacher workshops, a 222-page curriculum guide called
Wildflowers: An Educator's Guide to the Appreciation and Conservation of
Naitve Plants of Washington for teachers of 4th to 8th grade, and a
70-minute video titled Native Plants of Washington.
The program acquaints teachers with a wide range of plant communities
in Washington -- from the Olympic Penninsula San Juan Islands and westside
lowland forests, to mountain and alpine meadows, to the dry shrub-steppe
sagebrush communities of eastern Washington. The program addresses
one of the most critical environmental issues in the Northwest today -
the loss of habitat and biological diversity - by focusing on one of the
area's most spectacular and accessible natural resources, wildflowers.
Participants learn how to teach hands-on activities about native plants
in the classroom and on field trips.
This program is the result of a cooperative effort among North Cascades
Institute, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington Native Plant
Society, Naitve Plant Conservation Initiative and National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation. The workshops are held throughout Washington State in
spring and fall at schools, arboretums, colleges, universities, and teacher
conferences. Materials are also available for purchase from North
Celebrating Wildflowers Educators Program
North Cascades Institute
2105 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284-9394
Phone: 360-856-5700 ext. 209
PLANTWATCH '99 !
Plantwatch is a phenology (study of the seasonal timing of life cycle events)
program which links students and other observers as the "eyes of science,"
tracking the green wave of spring moving north. Students develop
scientific skills while observing springtime changes in plants and learning
about biodiversity. Observers monitor flowering of up to eight plants
and report the bloom times to central scientists over the Internet or electronic
mail. Resulting maps are posted weekly to the Internet. Observer/teacher
manuals illustrate flowering stages and describe the program and curriculum
connections. Schools are encouraged to establish "Plantwatch Gardens,"
planting the key indicator species.
Observers have fun and learn through watching, recording, and comparing
their results with other locations. They learn about ecological relationships
while contributing electronically to a climate change monitoring program.
We are seeing a trend in western Canada to earlier flowering with climate
warming, the green wave arriving earlier in the spring. This valuable
seasonality information helps decision-making for farmers and foresters
ie: to correctly time operations such as planting, fertilizing, crop protection
and to predict harvest timing. It also is useful in wildlife management
(eg.: in early springs more deer fawns are successful); human health (pollen-warnings
for allergy-sufferers), and tourism (best times to photograph flowers or
animals, or to go fly-fishing).
Based at the University of Alberta's Devonian Botanic Garden, home of
the Alberta Wildflower Survey, Plantwatch seeks observers across North
America, throughout the range of the following key indicator species: common
purple lilac, aspen poplar, prairie crocus, serviceberry, western trillium,
white trillium, purple saxifrage, and white dryad.
Please register for the program through the website link listed below
or contact Plantwatch by phone or E-mail. In April 1998, a teacher's
manual will be available and a "How to Plantwatch" manual for non-school
participants. For more information please contact:
Devonian Botanic Garden
University of Alberta, Edmonton
Alberta, Canada T6G 2E1.
Phone: (780) 987-5455/3054
Fax (780) 987-4141
Center for Plant Conservation
The following educational publications are available from the Center for
Plant Conservation. For more information about these publications, please
write to the Center for Plant Conservation, P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, MO
63166 or contact Donna Key at (314) 577-9450 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plants in Peril is an activity guide to exploring biodiversity and rare
native plant conservation for middle school educators. The 24-page booklet
includes background information, illustrations of rare native plants, and
several activities to introduce middle school students to plant conservation
issues in our country.
The Guide to Educational Resources on Rare Native Plant Conservation
in the United States is a 72-page resource guide that profiles the educational
efforts of CPC's Participating Institutions as well as organizations outside
of the CPC network, with an emphasis on the five CPC priority regions:
Hawaii, California, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin