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The Diversity of Plants
American Fern Society
Visit this site for information on the history and ecology of ferns. How many species of ferns exist today? What is the primary means of reproduction in ferns?
The Society of American Foresters
This organization, which has been around since 1900, provides information for professional foresters. Using the career and education information from the SAF, develop a plan on how you
can prepare to be a forester.
American Conifer Society
Learn about the different types of conifers on this site, which provides information on their development, conservation, and propagation. What does the name 'conifer' mean? What does
a globulose conifer look like? Prepare a report on this for the rest of the class.
The Ancient Bristlecone
Follow the link above to learn all about the oldest living thing on Earth - the bristlecone pine. Discover how these trees were found and where they live. What are their unique strategies
Seeds of Pines
Visit this site for a description of reproduction in pines. How does the woody trunk of a pine develop? View the art showing the development of a seed. Find debris from conifers in your
area and identify their parts according to the information on this site.
The Rainforest Alliance
This organization supports efforts to preserve the rainforests. Visit this site and learn what is being done to save these delicate ecosystems. Make your own class "Rainforest Report,"
to teach other students what they can do to save the rainforests.
SmartWood works to preserve forests all over the world, focusing on the rainforests. What does it take for an organization to receive the SmartWood seal of approval?
The American Lumberjack Association
This is a small organization of 250 members that promotes timbersports. They hold lumberjack competitions across North America. View some of the pictures from a recent competition. What
are some of the events in which the ALA members participate?
Plants National Database
The USDA sponsors this site, which provides a database of standardized information on plants. Click on Photo Gallery to view photographs of various categories of plants, including noxious
plants and crops. Use the information on this site to write an article about plants for a class newsletter.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Access this site to find out more about this center named for Lady Bird Johnson. What is the function of the Wildflower Center? Who benefits from its work? Take a virtual tour of the
Wildflower Center and review the site in your science journal.
Forests for Life
This site, maintained by the World Wildlife Fund, focuses on protecting forests of the world. Visit the Fascinating Forests Facts portion of this site by clicking through the Site Map.
Use the information you find in here to play a forest trivia game with your friends in class.
Follow the link to this site featuring detailed information for gardeners. Use the information on this site to plant your own class garden.
The Garden's Guide site has extensive information about gardens; what to plant, where to plant, and when to plant. Use the information from the Container Gardening page to design and plant your own container garden.