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Biodiversity Exploration Investigation - What is Biodiversity?

Read Weeds in Rylan's Yard. Use the same process to investigate an unknown plant in your yard, a local park or your schoolyard. Be sure to answer these questions in the report of your investigation. (Caution: Do not touch an unknown plant with your bare hands. Several plants native to North America can cause unpleasant skin rashes: Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, Red Cedar and others.)

Where is the plant growing?



Dimensions of plant and leaf.




Draw a leaf, provide a photo, or provide a pressed sample in a clear plastic bag (Get permission to collect an unknown plant and wear gloves.)



Characteristics of flowers (if present)


Characteristics of fruits or seeds (if present)


Identify the plant - (include a taxonomy form completed using resources at Tree of Life)


Native or non native?

Weed or not a weed?


You decide - Nurture it? Pull it? Explain



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