Classifying and identifying ferns

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1104-classifying-and-identifying-ferns
Scientists currently consider that New Zealand has approximately 230 species of fern in about ...

What is a fern?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1103-what-is-a-fern
There are ferns in most New Zealanders’ backyards and local environments. Ferns are green ...

What is a plant?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1102-what-is-a-plant
What do you think of when asked to visualise a plant? Is it the feed crop growing in the ...

Plant parts

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/88-plant-parts
In this activity, students relate commonly eaten foods to different parts of the flowering ...

Observation: learning to see

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1400-observation-learning-to-see
In this activity, students discuss the importance of observation in science. They are given the ...

Native frogs

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1380-native-frogs
Frogs are vertebrates and belong to the class Amphibia. They are the only amphibians naturally ...

Freshwater macroinvertebrates

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1820-freshwater-macroinvertebrates
New Zealand has over 200 species of freshwater macroinvertebrates. An invertebrate is an animal ...

Threats to native reptiles and amphibians

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1185-threats-to-native-reptiles-and-amphibians
All of our reptiles and amphibians are fully protected by law. It is illegal to collect skinks ...

Fern propagation

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1408-fern-propagation
In this activity, students learn how to propagate ferns. All ferns reproduce by means of ...

Create a lizard-friendly habitat

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1397-create-a-lizard-friendly-habitat
In this activity, students have the opportunity to create a lizard-friendly habitat in the ...

Captive management for conservation

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1189-captive-management-for-conservation
Captive management is where animals are kept in captivity in some sort of enclosed space to ...

Glow-worms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2417-glow-worms
Glow-worms are New Zealand’s underground stars. Small but bright, it is no wonder why they ...

Observing freshwater macroinvertebrates

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1821-observing-freshwater-macroinvertebrates
In this activity, students collect and observe macroinvertebrates from a local freshwater ...

Botany and botanists

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1107-botany-and-botanists
Botany is the scientific study of plants. This field of study encompasses terrestrial ...

Ferns – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1422-ferns-introduction
Ferns are abundant in our New Zealand landscape, making them a major part of our ecosystems ...

Documenting New Zealand’s Ferns

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1095-documenting-new-zealand-s-ferns
Dr Patrick Brownsey and Dr Leon Perrie, Botany Curators at Te Papa, are involved in the ongoing ...

Saving reptiles and amphibians – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1180-saving-reptiles-and-amphibians-introduction
New Zealand’s native species evolved in isolation from other regions for millions of years ...

Saving reptiles and amphibians – timeline

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1907-saving-reptiles-and-amphibians-timeline
This timeline provides look at some of the historical aspects of saving our reptiles and ...

Investigating frog disease

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1181-investigating-frog-disease
New Zealand has 4 species of native frogs that are all endemic. All 4 are threatened with ...

Investigating our fern flora origins

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1099-investigating-our-fern-flora-origins
In New Zealand, ferns are abundant in our landscape. They are a major part of our ecosystems ...

A tale of two ferns

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1097-a-tale-of-two-ferns
The hen and chickens fern (mouku or manamana) is a common New Zealand native fern. It had been ...

Sir Joseph Banks

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1406-sir-joseph-banks
Position: Historical scientist, Field: Botany. Sir Joseph Banks (1743–1820) was a wealthy ...

Molecular analysis of ferns

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1105-molecular-analysis-of-ferns
DNA analysis is being used to refine the classification of ferns and to further define the ...

Ferns in New Zealand – timeline

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1635-ferns-in-new-zealand-timeline
Ferns are abundant in our New Zealand landscape, making them a major part of our ecosystems ...
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