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UCR Botanical Garden Field Trip

The following is your field trip pre-trip assignment. Complete questions 1 and 2; see note
on question two. Use a separate sheet of paper. If you need to use a geological
dictionary for some words, there is one in the library. This assignment should take you
1 hour or more so don’t wait until the morning of the trip to start. Read the second set of
questions so you will know what to look for during the field trip.

1. Define the following words. We should use all of the following vocabulary on the
trip; if not, then ask;

2. Note: this question will need to be completed the morning of the trip. You will be
required to determine the length of your pace using the path marked. Begin by
pacing the path in both directions, counting your steps. It is best to use a natural
but deliberate step. When you have a consistent number of steps/paces for the
path, divide the length of the marked path by that number of paces i.e. steps.
Your pace is_________meters per step.

The pre-trip assignment is a required part of the field trip report and must be
included; however, your rough field trip notes should not be submitted.

This field trip will be conducted in two parts. The first part takes place on campus.
You will have a lunch break and then must meet the bus for the second part of the trip.
You must complete both halves of the field trip or your report will not be graded.
I will initial the pre-trip during the bus ride to the botanical gardens. During this part of
the trip, you will need to take data to use in answering the write-up questions. Read
these questions before we leave and ask about parts that you do not understand before
the trip!!!

Following are the questions to be completed on the field trip and written
up afterwards. Type all answers, put them in the order given, and include your
pre-trip at the end. You may need to neatly redraw the required sketches
and place them in the proper location.

    1. Submit a diary of all stops and events of the day. Include non-scientific
    events as well as your scientific observations. (50 points: note that the question is
    competitive and only the most complete answer will get all 50 points.)
    2. Before lunch, your team will need to make a pace map of the indicated area.
    This map must fit on a standard sheet of paper. You are required to have a
    north arrow, title, date, your names or the name of your mapping group and a
    bar scale. If you need help with any of this see me or your SI. This map is
    the basis of your design so should be clearly made. (20 points)
    3. At the garden, sketch any ten of the following plants. You will need to do
    a detail of the leaf structure, if any, and a general profile of the plant for each. I
    suggest that you look over the plants and concentrate on those you/your group
    likes best. Note: sp at the end of a genus means any species for that genus.
    These plants are given in scientific names followed by common names.
    (10 @ 2 points = 20 points)

UCR Botanical Gardens

    Acacia greggii: cats clawAgave sp.: agaves
    Amaryllis belladonna: naked ladyAloe.: aloe
    Calliandra euophylla: fairy dusterCercidium floridum.: blue palo verde
    Echinocactus: golden barrel
    Echinoopsis sp.: a cactus group
    Eschscholzia california: California
    Lavandula sp.: lavender
    Isomeritus arborea: bladderpodMarah macrocarpus: wild cucumber
    Lycium brevipes:frutillaOpuntia sp.: various cactus including
    the prickly pear
    Notacactus sp.: a catus groupprosopis articulate: Mesquite
    Platanus racemosa:sycamoreRomneya coulterl: matilija poppy
    Prunus fremonti: desert apricotSalvia greggil:autumn sage
    Sedum sp.:Simmondsia chinensis: jpboba

    4. You are to design a desert climate garden for the space you mapped before
    lunch; place the design on a Xerox of the map. This space is part of the college
    and as such is used by students. You will want to consider what would make this
    area pretty and enjoyable for you and other students. The finished design must use
    only the plants that will not require routine watering once established; no grass
    may be used. Also, as required in Rancho Cucamonga, you must incorporate rock
    in 20% of the area. (60 points)
    5. Sketch what your garden should look like in ten years when the plants have
    grown. This sketch should be what you would see if you sat on a bench at the
    Physical Science building and looked at the garden. You can use photos to make
    a mosaic from adult plants at the gardens. (30 points)
    6. Pre-trip assignment with signature and all questions answered. (20 points)

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