Exploration of Place-Physical

The physical place that I chose to explore was Clark Botanic Gardens. I have visited this site many times before without recognizing its potential as a place for learning. There is a path decorated with various flowers, trees, and other plants when you enter the garden. This path then branches off into multiple other pathways that allows individuals to choose which area they would like to explore. The garden demonstrates the beauty and importance of biodiversity and preserving the environment. There are many plant species that are labeled with their scientific name throughout the garden that familiarize individuals with the method in which plants are identified and the differences between different plant species. In addition to the vast number of plants, there are also many different animal species that roam the garden. There is a special area for bees with informational plaques next to their fenced-in area. However, I decided to keep my distance from this area and did not take any pictures. There is also a section for monarch butterflies that is visible in July, a fenced-in area with quails, a body of water with frogs and turtles, and plenty of rabbits and chipmunks roaming around. This exploration location provides students with an opportunity to appreciate nature and become familiarized with different plant and animal species.

The entrance path captivates your attention with interesting plants to discover.
The rose patch blooms every June and has labels by each rose species for anyone to read. The best feature about this area of the garden, and many other areas, is that there are different types of plants present every month depending on what is in season. This provides even more opportunities for exploration at different times of the year.
This picture depicts the community garden section. Visitors are allowed to find an available plot of land and grow any plant that they would like. This section teaches students that anyone can take care of and grow plants as long as they are willing to commit to the responsibility and understand each plant’s specific needs.
The area behind this fence contains the northern bobwhite quail, along with information about this species. The birds were all eating inside their house inside the fence when I visited them.
I also wanted to include a picture of this shaded seating area since it would be a great place for a group of students to sit after exploring and discuss their findings.
The area within and around this small body of water contains so much life to be explored.

In conclusion, this location provides an opportunity for students to explore nature in a peaceful setting and raise awareness of biodiversity preservation.

2 thoughts on “Exploration of Place-Physical

  1. Ally,
    I love these pictures! These seem like such beautiful places to observe and learn about different plant and wildlife species. I specifically like how there are plots of land available for visitors to plant what they would like.

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