Nature Near You: Second Week Features Plant Biology

by Nicole Finnicum

Participants pressed plants with homemade plant presses

The second week of Nature Near You, Sanibel Sea School’s weekly e-newsletter, featured a week-long lesson in plant biology.

Nature Near You participants learned about floral structures, the basics of water and nutrient transport within plants, and created DIY plant presses.

Monday’s e-newsletter highlighted a fun experiment that kids can do right on their kitchen counters with celery and food coloring. The ‘celery rainbow’ is a great visual activity to show how plants transport water within internal vascular structures. We discussed some basic plant anatomy, capillary action, and learned about the properties of water.

On Wednesday, Education Programs Manager Shannon Stainken created an instructional video on how to do a flower dissection. She discussed how different parts of a flower relate play a role in plant reproduction. The YouTube video shared step-by-step instructions on this activity that can easily and safely be done by kids at home with flowers that you can find in your backyard.

On Friday, Nature Near You participants learned how to make their very own plant presses at home. Pressing plants is a great way to neatly press specimens for archival and educational purposes or to use pressed flowers for beautiful and unique crafts. Marine Science Educator Sam Galindo shared her tips on how to make a DIY plant press at home with just a few basic materials.

Our team loves teaching about the ocean, but diving into plant biology was a fun way to explore science with ‘close to home’ biology in your backyard.

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Part of the SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Family, Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.

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