In this activity, students collect, press, mount and label ferns to develop a traditional herbarium. You may wish to do the activity ‘Alternative fern collections’ concurrently.

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

  • understand the processes used for collecting, pressing, drying and mounting fern fronds
  • know what information to include on an identification label
  • understand why the documentation is important.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • instructions on what you need and what to do
  • student instructions for creating a fern herbarium
  • extension ideas.
    Published 15 October 2010