There are lots of visitors in the canyon this time of year, and you can more easily impress them with plants than you can cue animals for them to see (Walt Tornow's abilities notwithstanding).
Let's start with something we all know, namely, fruit and expand our knowledge. What is a fruit? A fruit holds the seed(s). That's it in a nutshell (which is itself a fruit. The nut is the seed). Some fruits are berries, some are capsules, some are pods, some fluffy stuff, and so on. Let's look at some fruits in Sabino Canyon.
|Photo by Matt Ball 10/23/2012|
AS WITH ANY PLANT, be sure to positively identify it before eating. And instruct kids (of all ages) not to even touch anything without your permission or guidance.
When you are out in the canyon with kids (of all ages), it's good to give them a task - especially one involving plants. More on this tomorrow.
For the eager learner, here's a general intro to plant biology. Click on the links on the left to move through the explanation.