Workshop on Cycad Biology for High School Teachers

Friday, January 20, 2012

On January 28 a workshop on Cycad Biology was offered to high school teachers from the Miami-metro area. The workshop was funded by the National Science Foundation and jointly organized by the Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC), the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), Fairchild Tropical Botanic and Florida International University (FIU). Instructors included Dennis Stevenson (NYBG), Patrick Griffith (MBC), Michael Calonje (MBC), and Javier Francisco-Ortega (FIU-Fairchild). A total of six high school teachers joined us. In addition, Shelley Cant, (Education Officer from the Bahamas National Trust) also participated in this event. The workshop included: (1) field components based on the extraordinary living collections of MBC and (2) classroom lectures and laboratory demonstrations at the Center for Tropical Plant Conservation of Fairchild. Images from the workshop: Bottom left (Dennis Stevenson dissecting cycad seeds), bottom right (course participants).