, the faculty/staff newspaper at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill reports on outreach activities from the UNC Department of Biology in a frontpage article
. The department, which has hosted math and science campers, has had a particular focus on plants.
In addition to visits to the departmental greenhouse, UNC support Chapel Hill's Homeless Outreach Poverty Eradication (HOPE) Garden and the Carolina Campus Community Garden, providing the plants which were specifically grown for that purpose. And they regularly provide materials for surrounding schools that want to do educational activities using plants.
also cites a new project led by ASPB member Alan Jones, George and Alice Welsh Distinguished Professor, which is being supported by the ASPB Education Foundation
. Jones will be working with fellow ASPB member Jane Ellis to develop a coloring book for children that describes the 12 principles of plant biology
. Jones expects the book to be completed by next summer. It will be directed toward preschool children through second graders – and their families.
quotes Jones as saying, "Our literacy in plant biology in this country is abysmal, so this is a way to educate the public about plant biology.” The book will be free to classrooms, and along with its introduction, a plant biologist or graduate or postdoctoral student will go into classrooms to conduct evaluations.