Plant Identification and Ecology

Program Length, Season and Appropriate Grade Levels

  • This program lasts 1-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours, and can be adapted to suit your needs.
  • The program is offered year–round.
  • Appropriate for Grade Levels 3 –12.

Program Description and Activities

We will explore a forest community using the tools and concepts of plant identification, classification and ecology.

Your students will be engaged in a multifaceted program experience that may include:

  • Investigating different leaf shapes, patterns, and textures.
  • Distinguish between deciduous and evergreen trees.
  • Studying various wildflowers to determine their unique floral structures and identification characteristics.
  • Using dichotomous keys to identify a small selection of trees and shrubs from twig and branch samples.
  • Observing and discussing forest ecological interrelationships.
  • Using microscopes to closely examine identification features and adaptations of plants in our region.

State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and High School Content Expectations (HSCEs) Applicable to this Program

The Environmental Interpretive Center’s educational programs provide environmental information, hands–on experiences, and inquiry challenges for Michigan students in line with Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and High School Essential Content Standards and Expectations (HSCEs). Teachers can find a link below to content standards, statements, and grade level expectations applicable to the program "Plant Identification and Ecology. "