Instructor: Anastasia Risley
Ages: 10+ years
Mondays, 10-11 am Pacific (C2)
Fundamentals of Plant Science is for any student who wants to know the core characteristics that make up plant biology, the principles of botany, the many ways that plants make up the natural world, and the integrative role of plants in human life. We will explore the ways that plants grow and proliferate as well as key factors that make up the complex relationship between humankind and plants. We will also learn about the vital role that vegetation plays in ecosystems of the world and our local regions.
Week 1: Introduction to class, students, and instructor
Week 2: Plant cells; photosynthesis, respiration, homeostasis
Week 3: Evolution and taxonomy
Week 4: Bryophyta, Sphenophyta, etc.
Week 5: Gymnosperms
Week 6: Angiosperms
Week 7: Morphology exploration
Week 8: The beautiful, the rare, and the downright strange
Week 9: Biomes and their vegetation; specialization
Week 10: Spring break
Week 11: Plants and human history; Domestication and cultivation
Week 12: Modern plant uses (food, medicine, etc)
Week 13: That comes from a plant?!
Week 14: Share and inquire
Week 15: Invasive management
Week 16: Native plant restoration