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Plants Toolbox

Plant specimens from Utah's diverse habitats are accompanied by curriculum, activities and resources for studying adaptation and classification. See examples of Utah plants from wetlands, forests, and deserts. Learn to sort and classify using seeds and museum specimens.

What's in the Plants Toolbox?

Specimens:  Desert Salt Grass, River Hawthorn, Mat Saltbush, Roundleaf Buffaloberry, Quaking Aspen Bitterbrush or Watersedge, Swordleaf Rush, Utah Juniper, Curl-leaf, Mountain Mahogany, Freemont Barberry, Four-wing Saltbush, Shadscale, Fernbush, Timothy, Oregon Grape

Other resources:  15 Laminated Plant Identification Cards, 15 Laminated Colored 3x5 Index Cards, 10 Plastic Rulers, Magnifying lenses, 15 plastic plates, 1 metal teaspoon, 1 box of seeds, 1 slice of tree trunk

Printed materials:
Ancient Harvest by Storad and Joyal
Introducing Flowers
Tell Me, Tree by Gibbons
Plants of the Rocky Mountains by Kershaw, Pojar, and Alaback
Once There Was a Tree by Harrington
How to Identify Plants by Larsen


Teaching Toolboxes include revelant curriculum tied to Utah State Core Curriculum Standards.

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