Bioregional Ambassador Activity: Native Plant Identification
This field activity encourages Cascadians to engage more closely with the ecology immediately around us. By using either the adjacent plant guide resource links, a web based plant identifier, or your personal knowledge, select a native plant within walking distance of your home and submit the Filed Guide Form on the page about it.
- A smart phone or camera
- Journal or Notebook, with a pen
- Go outside. Right… now!
- Walk around where you live, whether it is a house or apartment.
- Take pictures of all the different plants or trees, even just walking around a block, or within 50 feet of your house.
- How many different plants were you able to find?
- Using the resources on the right, do some research until you find one that is a “native plant”. If you can, answer these following questions:
- What was the indigenous name for the plant? Where did the name come from?
- What is the general range where this plant grows?
- Are there any medicinal or food uses for the plant?
- Are there any bugs, birds or animals that this plant helps?
- What are some other neat facts you learned and didn’t know?
- How does this plant change in each season?
- Feel free to repeat with as many plants as you like!
Contribute to our Bioregional Field Journal:
Now, using the form below, feel free and share a plant!
Photos encouraged! Your contributions will be included as part of our native plant directory sited across the bioregion.
Plant Guide Resources
Encyclopedia of Cascadian Plants
Atlas of BC Plants:
USDA Plant Database: