FIU-Fairchild Faculty Delivers Plant Identification Workshop in Elementary School of the Canary Islands

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Invited by teacher Mrs. Ana de la Cruz Pérez, our FIU-Fairchild faculty Prof. Javier Francisco-Ortega delivered a plant identification workshop at the CEIP Rafael Gaviño del Bosque Elementary Schoool (at María Jiménez, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands) on December 4th 2013. This educational activity targeted students from 1st through 6th grade and focused on Tropical plants cultivated in the school garden (see middle image, below). During the workshop the students learned how to make herbarium specimens (see bottom top and bottom images, below) and about the main morphological features to distinguish the main plant groups found in the school garden. Tropical vegetables and fruits are also grown in this school garden (e.g., papaya, orange, eggplant, etc.) and during this workshop the students also learned about plant domestication and economic botany.

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