Seeds on the Go (ENG/FR)

by  Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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Students will examine how the seeds have adapted to use different methods of dispersal to get to a new sprouting spot. Students will discover ways to categorize seeds' appearances by looking at a variety of seeds from home or previously collected outside. We will connect those physical characteristics with the way those seeds disperse. We will examine "close-up" special features of certain dispersal methods. Finally after the videoconference, students will design their own seed considering the method of dispersal they have chosen and the adaptations we have discovered. In French and English; please note language preference in 'comments' box of CILC request form.

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By Request: $140.00
By Request Premium: $135.00

USD for American and other international schools
CAD for Canadian schools.
IMPORTANT: The price will increase to $135 in January. Book a program (for Jan - June 2017) before January 1, 2017 and pay the 2016 price - $130.

Lesson price is for groups of up to 35 students.
Invoices are sent out at the end of each month.
Payment is accepted in both currencies by cheque/check or credit card.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

no minimum

Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Minimum of 48 hours notice is required for all cancellations, excluding cancellations due to nature, i.e., school closed because of snow days.
No cancellation fee will be assessed if you reschedule within two months of the original program date.
If a program is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, no refund will be given and a cancellation fee ($60) will be charged.

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Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Royal Botanical Gardens is a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.

Education at Royal Botanical Gardens encourages environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world. 
With over 12 years experience delivering engaging interactive videoconferencing programs, we offer topics that explore biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment., Whether you are looking for an insect program; a program exploring wetlands, their functions and human impacts or you want to discover more about a delicious chocolate treat; we have a wide variety of plant-based programs to support and enhance your classroom needs or stimulate and entertain older adults. 
No matter where you are, your group can interact with our educators and scientists.

Karin Davidson-Taylor
905-527-1158 x249

Program Details


1. Students will relate what they found during their exploration of the different seeds.
2. Based on their findings, we will start to discover the relationship of the appearance to the seed's method of dispersal.
3. We examine close-up, examples of common wild plants' seeds.
4. The students will hypothesize what dispersal method the seed uses and why.
5. If time allows, we will play a quiz game.
6. Students are welcome to ask questions during or after the presentation.


The participants will:
- sort and classify seeds by external characteristics.
- explain how the features of seeds help the plants survive.
- ask questions and identify some needs of plants and their seeds
- predict how a seed might travel/ disperse based on its appearance
- describe ways in which plants and animals depend on each other
- use appropriate vocabulary to describe their investigations, explorations and observations

Standards Alignment

National Standards

All grades: A1: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry;
A2: Understanding about scientific inquiry;
E3: Understanding about science and technology;
G1: Science as a human endeavour.
NS.K-4.3: Life Science:
C1: Characteristics of organisms;
C2: Life cycles of living things;
C3: Organisms and their environments;
F4: Changes in environments.
NS.5-8.3: Life Science:
C1: Structure and function of living systems;
C2: Reproduction and heredity;
C4: Populations and ecosystems;
C5: Diversity and adaptations of organisms;
NS.9-12.3: Life Science:
C4: Interdependence of organisms;
C6: The Behaviour of Organisms.

State Standards

Science - Living Systems
Grade 3: Growth and changes in plants
Grade 4: Habitats and communities
Grade 6: Biodiversity
Grade 7: Interaction in the Environment
Grade 11: Biology: Plants: Anatomy, Growth and Functions

Grade 4: Plant growth and changes
Grade 7: Interactions and ecosystems
Grade 9: Biological Diversity
Grade 10: Science 20: Changes in Living Systems
Grade 12: Life Science 30: Reproduction and Development