Educator Spotlight: Developing the Patience to See

Lyanne Abreu connected her urban students with the natural world around them through a challenge offered by the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. Students learned about native and migratory bird species in South Florida and collected data, making observations at specific sites and documenting their findings in journals. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Developing the Patience to See

Educator Spotlight: Discovering Biodiversity Close to Home

Judy Joung teaches 9th-grade biology at Schurz High School in Chicago, IL. She took students on a field trip to a state park, where they completed a modified BioBlitz and shared their findings using iNaturalist. A BioBlitz is an event that brings together community members to find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Discovering Biodiversity Close to Home

Venus Flytraps Don’t Trap Insects that Pollinate Them

SCIENCE New research identifies the brave insects that pollinate carnivorous plants, and the fact that the trap and the flower don’t get much overlap traffic. (Washington Post) For Venus flytraps, catching prey is as easy as one, two, three. Count on it with our study guide. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The popularity of … Continue reading Venus Flytraps Don’t Trap Insects that Pollinate Them

How Flowering Plants Conquered the World

SCIENCE Scientists think they have the answer to what Charles Darwin called an “abominable mystery”: How flowers evolved and spread to become the dominant plants on Earth. (BBC) Get this game to teach young students basic botany. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research digs into the genetics of flowering plants. What are flowering … Continue reading How Flowering Plants Conquered the World

Dandelions Roar to the Rescue of Polluted Oil Sands

ENVIRONMENT It wasn’t much of a bouquet—just a single lonely dandelion. But it had been plucked from the middle of a barren stretch of polluted oil sands. Researchers knew right away that made it something special. (Canadian Press) What are oil sands? What’s going on with oil sands in Canada? Get the scoop on this Geography in the News. Discussion Ideas The Globe and Mail … Continue reading Dandelions Roar to the Rescue of Polluted Oil Sands