Students will participate in a hands-on seed collection field trip in the Fall. The activities will be led by a ranger or native plant nursery staff.
The life of a seed is a complex series of biological events. Knowledge of these processes and seedling life cycle is necessary for successful collection, harvesting, storage and use of seeds for Native Plant Restoration in Glacier National Park.
Locations: West or East side of the park
Duration: 2–2.5 hours
Group Size: 20 students maximum
Skills: Observe (using all senses), sort/classify, compare & contrast, match, count, communicate findings
Vocabulary: (See the bolded words in the objectives below.)
Subjects: Biodiversity, Biology: Plants, Plant Restoration, Stewardship, Ecology, Wilderness
Montana Content and Performance Standards:
- Science Standard 1: Design scientific investigations...
- Science Standard 3: Demonstrate knowledge of living things...
Students will be able to:
Describe importance of seed collection to Native American cultures
Understand the importance of safety while collecting native plant seeds
Discuss plants as part of a greater plant community
Use a dichotomous key to identify the plants students will be collecting seed from
List three different dispersal strategies of seeds
Classify stages of seed maturation
Identify the components of a mature ripe seed vs unripe seed
Differentiate between an Angiosperm and a Gymnosperm
Define Leave No Trace seed collection practices
Properly collect different types of fruits and seed, being aware of not collecting no more than 1/3 of any seed in a population, spreading out to not all collect from the same plants.
Take a look at mushrooms and ferns to compare spore producing plants with seed producing plants.
Understand the importance of Genetic Integrity in seed collection and planting