Fantastic Florida: Florida’s Native Plants at Downtown Sarasota Campus (Grades 6-8)
Explore Florida’s fantastic native flora at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus (grades 6-8)
Florida is home to unique and intricate ecosystems, including the mangrove forests and estuaries which line much of our coastlines. In this field study, students will identify several of the plants and animals living along our coast and investigate the contents and benefits of estuaries and adjoining mangrove forests. With a focus on Florida native plants, such as mangroves, sea grapes, sea grasses and other coastal plants, students will learn how these plants connect land and sea.
Optional Extension for 6th-12th grade students: “Name that Florida Native!,” an interactive activity allowing students to classify plant characteristics. Using field guides and a simple dichotomous key, students can identify many indigenous plants and inventory a sample plot.
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