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Go Botany: Integrated Tools to Advance Botanical Learning


Region: Berkshire, Boston, Central MA, MetroWest, Northeast, Pioneer Valley
Level: Grade 6 - 8, Grade 9 - 12
Online Resource Classroom or school assembly program; Field Trip; school hours,

Description: Go Botany (www.newenglandwild.org/gobotany) is a free online educational tool consisting of five products, developed with funding from the National Science Foundation, which comprise a truly “next-generation” field guide to plants1: 1) the first of its kind, interactive, user-friendly Simple Key to 1200 of the more common native and naturalized plants of New England; 2) a similarly interactive Full Key to all 3500 species, subspecies, and varieties of plants in the region; 3) an illustrated, interactive, technical, Dichotomous Key, which serves as the definitive online flora that formal science educators and experienced botanists can use; 4) PlantShare, a collaborative citizen-science portal where plant enthusiasts at all levels of expertise can share their finds, post sightings, get expert advice on plant identification and biology, and develop checklists of the plants they have seen (including local floras of schoolyards and conservation areas); and 5) Teaching Tools–resources, curricula, and modules for educators who want to integrate Go Botany into their pedagogy in and out of the classroom. Go Botany is beautiful (illustrated with over 37,000 color photographs and technical drawings), engaging, and very user-friendly.

Topics: Agriculture, Botany, Forestry, Wetlands, Wildlife biology

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Additional information (if any):

Yes at gobotany.newenglandwild.org//teaching

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Go Botany: A great tool for learning about plants