Investigate the monstrous, spiny, beautiful, and carnivorous! The plant kingdom is filled with organisms that have involved incredible adaptations for survival. Among many of the plant secrets we will unlock are how spiny cacti are able to survive blazing hot days and extremely cold nights, how the giant trees that live in Black Rock Forest get through freezing winters, and how forest flowers attract different pollinators. In the lab, we will dissect cactus plants, aquatic plants, and a variety of beautiful flowers to understand how specific adaptations help plants survive in a variety of ecosystems. Our fieldwork will involve surveying the plants of Black Rock Forest and using our skills as botanical illustrators to create field guides of the plants we discover.