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Students learn about Lake Superior at MTUís Water Festival
ABC 10 - Ishpeming, MI (10/127)
Over 1,000 students from across the Copper Country made their way to the Great Lakes Research Center on the Michigan Tech campus for the third annual Water Festival. The event is designed to offer students engaging Lake Superior-based content.

New stewardship programs aim to teach students how to care for Great Lakes
Upper Peninsula Second Wave (10/15)
The Upper Great Lakes Stewardship Institute is the newest among several regional hubs across Michigan with the goal to educate students on good environmental stewardship for the Great Lakes and their watersheds.

TEACH Calendar of Events
What's going on in your neighborhood this month? Meet other people and learn together at recreational and educational events! Our new dynamic calendar is updated daily with current educational events.
Great Lakes native flora

6 | Native flora fun facts!

Click for larger image. State & Provincial Trees
Illinois: white oak (Quercus alba)
Indiana: yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Michigan: eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)
Minnesota: red pine (Pinus resinosa)
New York: sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
Ohio: Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra)
Ontario: eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)
Pennsylvania: eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
Québec: yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis)
Wisconsin: sugar maple (Acer saccharum)

Click for larger image. State & Provincial Flowers
Illinois: native violet (Viola sororia)
Indiana: peony (Paeonia spp.)
Michigan: apple blossom (Pyrus coronaria)
Minnesota: lady slipper (Cypripedium reginae)
New York: rose (Rosa spp.)
Ohio: scarlet carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)
Ontario: white trillium (Trillium L.)
Pennsylvania: mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
Québec: white lily (Lilium candidum)*
Wisconsin: wood violet (Viola sororia)

*not a native plant
Reference: Geobop's Symbols

Sassafras fall color Why do leaves change color in the autumn?

Why do plants have a common name and a Latin name?
Carl von Linne created scientific names for plants, or botanical nomenclature, in order for scientists and plants lover all over the world to be able to identify the same plant with the same name. Von Linne's Latin names for plants often include a noun, the generic name, and an adjective, the specific name. The first name is the generic name, and states the genus to which the plant belongs; the second name, called the specific name, describes the species of the plant. The generic name is always capitalized and italized, and often honors the person who found the plant, or relates to mythology or description. The specific name is italized and usually lowercase, and provides a good clue to the plant's look or character.
Reference: Iowa State University Horticulture & Home Pest News

Some examples:
Quercus alba (white oak): Quercus means strong, and alba means white.
Pinus resinosa (red pine): Pinus means pine, and resinosa means resinous (translucent and sticky plant secretion)

Go to the Glossary of Roots of Botanical Names to read more!


Graphics: yellow poplar (credit: USDA PLANTS database); lady's slipper (credit: Raphael Carter); Sassafras fall color

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