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Teaching Resources

Plant Collections and Citizen Science

STEM Subject

Plant Collections and Citizen Science 

National Middle School Science Standards

Life ScienceEarth Science

Key Terms:

botany, biodiversity, museum collections, herbarium, invasive species, taxonomy, citizen science

Key Concepts:

  • Value of plant collections in conservation biology 
  • Tracking changing environments using plants 
  • Ecological impacts of invasive species 
  • Citizen science and its role in scientific research 
  • Technology used by botanists  

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

Honey mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), while not commonly collected, is common in California where livestock eat and disperse its seeds. Photo by Mikael Behrens, via iNaturalist, CC-BY-NC.Honey mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), while not commonly collected, is common in California where livestock eat and disperse its seeds. Photo by Mikael Behrens, via iNaturalist, CC-BY-NC.
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RESOURCES ABOUT PLANT COLLECTIONS AND CITIZEN SCIENCE

Resource is aligned with the Q?rius Collections Challenge School Field Trip Program. Learn more about all of our School Field Trip Programs here.  

Create Your Own Fieldbook Q?rius

Middle School Level

The U.S. Herbarium Looks to Crowd-Sourcing to Create Digital Records The Plant Press

 

High School Level

 

Gifted Readers

 

Resource Library 

Natural History Collections Q?rius Topic Page 

The Field Book Project National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

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NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

The Plant Collections and Citizen Science teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations.

Life Science

MS-LS2

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS2-1Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-2Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • MS-LS2-4Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
Earth Science

MS-ESS3

Earth and Human Activity
  • MS-ESS3-3Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • MS-ESS3-5Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

MS-LS2, MS-ESS3

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Medium shot of Dr. Gary Krupnick standing at a table studying a plant specimen in his hand.  More are behind in on shelves.
Gary Krupnick
Botanist and Head of the Plant Conservation Unit
Medium shot of Botany collections manager Rusty Russell in a white shirt against a beige wall holding a plant while explaining
Rusty Russell
Botany Collections Manager

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