Citizen Science Project Orchids in the Classroom
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    Students planting orchids in their classrooms.

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    Students measuring orchids.

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    Goodyera are orchids native to MD!

Orchids in Classroom

Through a partnership between the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the North American Orchid Conservation Center, Longwood Gardens, and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Fairchild) in Miami, we are working with students to study and conserve native orchids. Students are involved in a real scientific experiment growing native orchids in their classrooms and will plant them in their schoolyards or other public areas. The students are partners in discovery with SERC scientists aiming to improve biology and propagation conservation efforts.

Researchers at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) have been studying orchids from the Mid-Atlantic region for decades. SERC scientists look at patterns of orchid growth in different habitats and study the fungi and bacteria that orchids need in order to grow and reproduce in the wild. They work to understand which species of fungi each species of orchids needs, as well as the environmental conditions that both the orchids and the fungi need to survive.

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