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Second week of Nature Near You featured plant biology

By Staff | Apr 10, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Nature Near You participants pressed plants with homemade plant presses

The second week of Nature Near You, the Sanibel Sea School’s weekly e-newsletter, featured a weeklong lesson in plant biology. Participants learned about floral structures, the basics of water and nutrient transport within plants, and created DIY plant presses.

The March 30 e-newsletter highlighted an experiment that children can do right on their kitchen counters with celery and food coloring. The “celery rainbow” is a visual activity to show how plants transport water within internal vascular structures. Basic plant anatomy and capillary action were discussed and participants learned about the properties of water.

On April 1, 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 the activity, which can easily and safely be done by children at home with flowers found in their backyard.

On April 3, participants learned how to make their own plant presses. Pressing plants is a way to neatly press specimens for archival and educational purposes or to use pressed flowers for crafts. Marine Science Educator Sam Galindo shared her tips on how to make a DIY plant press with just a few basic materials.

The Sanibel Sea School staff loves teaching about the ocean, but diving into plant biology was a fun way to explore science with “close to home” biology in participants’ backyards, officials reported.

Nature Near You will continue throughout the school closures and be delivered via email.

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The content can also be accessed at www.sanibelseaschool.org/nature-near-you.

Nature Near You is the Sanibel Sea School’s offering for the community. To help support its efforts, visit www.sanibelseaschool.org/support-the-cause or email info@sanibelseaschool.org for information.

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