Advanced Biology Plant Unit Collection Project

Advanced Biology Plant Unit Collection Project
Quarter 1 2005
1. To acquaint you with the variety of plants of this area
2. To learn the correct methods for preservation of plants
3. To learn basic scientific procedures – detailed studies, observations & organization
4. To review previous work in Biology 
1. A scrapbook (binder) of the vascular and nonvascular plants of NE Wisconsin. Each
specimen will be dried and mounted on heavy paper, with the facing page having all of
the information for the specimen.
2. Your scrapbook will contain the following groups with the minimum number of
a. Flowers (10) – wildflowers including the leaves
i. **digital photographs are acceptable substitutions for collecting the actual flower, as
many are illegal to pick, however, the photograph MUST be yours, NOT from the
b. Nonflowering plants (3) – mosses, ferns, lichens, algae, etc.
c. Conifers (5) – needles or other greenery
d. Deciduous trees (12) – press the leaves and include a sample of the bark
3. Each specimen should include its scientific name as well as the common name and the
Phyla it belongs to. A short paragraph should include a description of its habitat, as
well as the characteristics of the specimen itself.
4. All pages will be contained in page protectors to keep your scrapbook neat (get a box
of 100 from Office Max for around $10 – get your friends together & split the cost…)
5. Your scrapbook will have a title page and table of contents.
6. A short paper discussing your project will include a summary of difficulties and
problems in this assignment, as well as the highlights and ways that the project can be
Points will be assessed for each of the following:
1. Number of specimens plus any extras (of a different species)
2. Preparation of the specimen
3. Classification
4. Organization
5. Paper
6. Creativity
1. Two different specimens are better than 5 of the same species
2. Collect, classify and write about a few specimens at a time, rather than collecting
everything and waiting to classify.
This project is DUE on Monday October 31st, 2005.