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Naturalist Notebook 

November 30, 2011

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!
(Pictured below, really close up!)


Can you guess what it is? Here are some hints:

  • It is one of the tallest plants in the world, growing up to 330 ft (100 m).
  • Parts of this plant have been used to treat coughs, colds and rheumatism.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this plant. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.

Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 1:56 pm


  1. burdock

    Comment by Jillian Pham — November 30, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

  2. This week’s specimen is a cone from a Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). To learn more about Douglas firs, check out these websites:

    Comment by nature — December 4, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

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