Young Women In Bio-RTP participants visited the JC Raulston Arboretum on the afternoon of October 12, 2019. The arboretum is a teaching and research facility with more than 9,000 specimens across more than 6,000 species, located on over 10 ½ acres on the North Carolina State University campus. They are nationally acclaimed for their gardens being one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for landscape use in the Southeast.
At the Arboretum, the girls had the opportunity to tour the gardens, see how plants grow within different ecosystems and how they have to rely on other organisms to survive. They were able to observe the plants being affected with lack of water, different amounts of sunlight and through way of nutrition. The girls participated in 2 hands on activity during their time onsite. They created their own personal diary to be able to capture the different species and horticulture by using their major senses and then drawing it to have further discussions later. Also, they received geranium seeds to take home from the Arboretum to experience their own chances of growing within their own ecosystem and seeing the effects on the plants.
Special thanks to Elizabeth Overcash and Joy Burns for allowing us the opportunity to learn about NC State's hidden Gem, JC Raulston Arboretum. Also, we would like to thank all the volunteers who assist with this event: Kaitlyn Bacon, Smitha Rag, Stephanie Hamm, Ashley McDonald, and Shruthi Mohan.
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