Educational Materials and Programs on Wildflowers
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 Cascades Institute:
Celebrating Wildflowers Educators Program
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:
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 Islands.