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Student Activity - Alternative fern collections

Activity idea

In this activity, students use a variety of non-traditional methods to create a fern collection for display.

Instead of mounting the dried specimens onto card, students can use cell phone cameras, digital cameras, scanners or photocopiers to create virtual herbaria and explore alternative ways to display ferns.

You may wish to do the activity ‘Traditional fern collections’ concurrently.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • find imaginative ways in which to create and display fern collections
  • compare multimedia or alternative methods of collection with more traditional methods of collection.

Download the Word file (see link above) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • instructions on what you need and what to do.


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