Herbarium Project with artist Cease Wyss

Ethnobotanist, community gardener and interdisciplinary artist T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss is the first artist to collaborate with MaryAnn Persoon’s grade 6/7 class. With Cease’s help, each student will be making their own herbarium by collecting plants, fungi, moss, lichen and more from different local habitats.

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After foraging trips to Capilano River, Harmony Garden, Trillium Park and Stanley Park, students will press their plant matter then compose the pages of their herbarium and identify species.

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Crafting a herbarium invites students to open their senses up to local natural environments and to encounter first hand the deep interconnections of our ecosystems.

Together, the pressed plants form not only a beautiful collection but also a historical document of biodiversity and a way to measure change in our natural landscapes.

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