What is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity is the spectacular variety of life on Earth and the essential interdependence among all living things. Students begin to learn about the term biodiversity at its most basic level. On their first field trip, students observe a natural space and report on what they see. They also begin to see the need for keeping written records and how to make scientific observations of their site. A series of optional mapping activities are presented that develop the skills required to create detailed and representational maps derived from observations and data.
Don't just take a close look at that arthropod, pick up a pencil and draw it! You'll be surprised how much better you'll understand and appreciate what you're seeing.
Field journals are incredibly important to researchers. In fact, many can't imagine doing science without them. Learn how to create your own valuable journal.
Peer into a researcher's field journal, and you'll see science in action. Go inside the New York Botanical Garden for a glimpse at a curator's field journals.