2005-2006 Berkeley High School

UC Botanical Garden Field Trip, October 11 & 13, 2005

Goal: To introduce students to the flora of California while learning how scientists make observations and descriptions of plants.


Justin admires the magnificence of the tallest tree species in the world, the California Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens).
 
The Field Trip: The students were brought on a full day trip and tour of the UC Botanical Garden. The students were first led on tours that taught them about the diverse flora of California and how the plants are adapted to varying environmental conditions. Among the highlights of the tour was a discussion in the Garden's Redwood Grove. Later in the day the students were divided into smaller groups and introduced to flora they will see on future field trips through the GK-12 program, including the Channel Islands flora, oak woodlands, riparian zone, and coastal grasslands. During this time, the students were asked to take time to make detailed observations of specific plants from these ecosystems. This included writing a detailed description and drawing of their plant. The purpose of this activity was to let students make observations at the level that is needed for scientists who conduct field biological research. The students were then asked to give a small presentation on their plant to the rest of their group.


Students at the UC Botanical Garden feel the bark of a tree from which cork is made. From left: Katherine, Ava, Arianna, and Daniel.
 

BHS student Andrea holds a recently deceased (by natural causes) bumble bee. That's Ava in the background.
 

Benjamin holds a wild grape leaf that he was drawing for an observation exercise. Tommy takes notes nearby.
 

A close-up of Ben drawing his wild grape leaf.
 

Justin takes notes on a medicinal nettle in the Garden's riparian habitat.
 

Sean takes notes on understory plants in the Garden's Redwood Grove.
 

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