Plant Adaptations: Wetlands

by  Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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A sea of cattails - telltale sign of wetlands. There is a wide diversity of plants in, on and below the surface that are integral to that ecosystem. How do these plants survive in such an extreme environment? Join us as we examine what makes up a wetland. We will explore its water-loving plants closeup to discover what adaptations they have. We'll also explore the role they play in the wetland ecosystem and how we might be stewards of this critical habitat.

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By Request: $150.00

Fee: Regular price: $150
Canadian schools and groups will pay in Canadian dollars (CAD).
American and other international schools and groups will pay in US dollars (USD)
* HST/GST will be added for CDN schools where applicable.
* International (including US) and Indigenous schools are tax exempt.
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45 minutes; 60 minutes for 10th to 12th grade

Target Audience

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

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, 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, 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 15 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. The program begins with a discussion of what a wetland is based on their brainstorm. I will have slides to show examples
2. Participants play a little quiz to review plant parts and the role they play.
3. Together, we predict, examine and distinguish what the adaptations are and how they have helped the plant survive.
4. While examining the plants, groups will complete the charts.
5. We hypothesize and discuss the role these plants play in the wetland and point out ways that we can help conserve them.
6. Questions are welcome throughout the conference, but time is allowed at the end for further questions.


The participant will:
- identify features and types of wetlands - water, soil and vegetation
- identify some wetland plants and animals
- compare the structure of different plants and show how their structure enables them to live in a specific environment
- make simple predictions and inferences based on 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 animals;
C2: Life cycles of living things;
C3: Organisms and their environments;
E3: Abilities to distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans;
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;
F2: Populations, resources and environments.
NS.9-12.3: Life Science:
C4: Interdependence of organisms;
C5: Matter, Energy, and Organization in Living Systems;
C6: The Behaviour of Organisms.

State Standards

Science - Living Systems
Grade 3: Growth and changes in plants
Grade 4: Habitats and communities
Grade 6: Diversity of living things
Grade 7: Interaction within ecosystems
Grade 10: Biology - Sustainability of Ecosystems; Ecosystems and Human Activity
Grade 4: Plant growth and changes
Grade 5: Wetland Ecosystems
Grade 7: Interactions and ecosystems
Grade 8: Freshwater systems
Grade 10: Science 20: Changes in Living Systems