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Field trip grants make fourth grade so much better
Great Lakes Echo (2/11)
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, in Mich., is one of 186 federal parks to receive a portion of the $1.1 million National Park Foundation grant to set up field trip programs.

State awards $3.6 million in grants to combat invasive species
WLUC-TV, Marquette, MI (2/11)
The Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development announced the award of 19 grant projects totaling $3.6 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.

UT dedicates lab to analyze wide range of research jobs
The Toledo Blade (1/29)
A laboratory that opened in mid-2015 at Ohio's University of Toledo allows monitoring of water quality and detection of dangerous algal toxins in Lake Erie more accurately and faster.

TEACH Calendar of Events
What's going on in your neighborhood this month? Meet other people and learn together at recreational and educational events! Our new dynamic calendar is updated daily with current educational events.
Great Lakes native flora

7 | Great Lakes native flora quiz!


1. To be considered a plant, an organism must possess the following characteristics EXCEPT:
photosynthesis
a way to move on its own
cellulose
water-conducting tissue

 
2. Leaves and stems of plants stand up straight with the help of:
dirt
oxygen
cellulose
people

 
3. Logging was an important industry in the Great Lakes region during:
World War II
mid-1800s
1970s
never

 
4: Purple loosestrife is an example of:
a nonindigenous plant
a plant useful to wetlands
a native plant
an endangered plant

 
5: Native plants are:
plants without a stem
plants that need fertilizer and irrigation
green plants
plants that have evolved in a particular region

 
6: All of the following are benefits of native landscaping EXCEPT:
wildlife love mowed grass
less expensive
saves energy
promotes natural balance and biodiversity

 
7: Which tree is NOT native to Illinois? (Hint: Read through Illinois' native tree list!)
eastern red cedar
flowering dogwood
redwood
Ohio buckeye

 
8: Why is the American chestnut rare?
housing and road development
chestnut blight
humans harvested too many chestnuts
extensive logging

 
9: On the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources "Native Plant Gardens" page, the DNR recommends the following steps when designing a native landscape garden EXCEPT:
get to know your site
budget money and time
managing and maintaining
plant non-native plants for diversity


 

References
Encyclopedia Britannica -- Plants
Great Lakes Atlas, Third Edition, U.S. EPA and Environment Canada
Green Landscaping with Native Plants, U.S. EPA-Great Lakes National Program Office
PLANTS National Database, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Using Native Plants in the Landscape, University of Minnesota Extension Service
 
Published on October 1, 2000

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