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Tips to Come Prepared

Before you visit the Genovesi Environmental Study Center (GESC) with your class, review the Educator's Guide to prepare for your students.

  • Read the Essential Questions (p. 1) and Connections to Standards (p. 2) to decide how you want to link your curriculum with your field trip
  • Complete the Pre-Visit Lesson (p. 3) with your class activating student interest and engagement
  • Come to GESC ready to engage and learn with our experiential, hands-on field trip program, Plant Power

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Fun Facts

  • The first type of aspirin, a painkiller and fever reducer, came from the tree bark of a willow tree.
  • Some plants are carnivores, gaining nutrients by eating various small insects and spiders. A well-known example of a carnivorous plant is the Venus flytrap.
  • The world’s tallest-growing tree is the coast redwood which grows along the Pacific Coast of the United States.

Essential Questions

  • What are the parts of a plant? What function does each part of the plant have?
  • How do plants grow and change over time?
  • In what ways do all living things depend on plants?
  • Why do scientists study plants?
  • Why do flowering plants have pollen?

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Connections to Standards



Grade 3: Unit 1: Inheritance and Variation
               Unit 2: Interdependence
Grade 4: Unit 1: The Structure and Functions of Organisms
Grade 5: Unit 2: Matter and Energy in Ecosystems


Third Grade
3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

Fourth Grade
4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

Fifth Grade
5-PS3-1. Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the Sun.
5-LS1-1. Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.
5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants (producers), animals (consumers), decomposers, and the environment.