Welcome to the Wonderful World of Plants!
The Plant Awareness Project aims to create opportunities for people of all ages to recognize and further appreciate the plants around them. With this in mind, 23 interpretive plant signs were created and mounted on existing structures near living specimens of the plant. Here is a map showing approximately where the signs are located.
To help people find the signs and know what they are looking for, two overview signs have also been created and mounted on the fence where the Rotary Trail meets Selkirk Drive (Behind APES) and at the Spray Park, near the Golden Arena. These signs have all of the 23 photographs from the individual plant signs plus the scientific name and names of each plant in 6 languages: Ktunaxa, Secwepemc, Michif, Blackfoot, French and English. Learn more about these languages and how First Peoples used plants here.
The attractive signage will hopefully draw attention to the plants and open doors to more learning. Each 20 cm x 32 cm sign has a unique representation created by a local artists (Artists’ Statements) , a photo of the plant (Photographers’ Statements), the plant name in English, brief information about the plant’s uses and roles in the ecosystem plus an outline of the leaf which can be easily traced, making the signs interactive. Click here for the backstory and people behind the project.
We hope that teachers will make use of these signs to bring their students outside. Anyone can trace the leaves and other outlines on the signs to make art pieces and to help in recognizing the plant. Learning about plants touches on many parts of the curriculum from the 3Rs to biology and art. Learn more about the featured plants and the many other plants in the area.
The Plant Awareness Project was made possible by generous support from Columbia Basin Trust, The Town of Golden, Rotary International and the Parent Advisory Council at Alexander Park Elementary School.
We also thank the Golden Star for their reporting on this project and encourage you to read their articles: