While walking along the Charles River, have you ever wondered about the types of flowers you see growing by the river’s edge? Have you ever been curious why some plants seem to dominate and take over entire banks of the river? Do you want to learn more about your local ecosystem?
Come explore the Charles River’s plants with us! Join us as we dive into the basics of the Charles River ecosystem, the native and invasive plants that live there, and how to get involved with your local ecology. Then, test what you learn with fun games!
INTRO: Getting Acquainted
To start, get acquainted with some of the beautiful plants we have in the Charles River parks by playing the game below! Flip through the images and find the matching pairs. Do you recognize any of the plants? Can you tell which ones are native or invasive? If you follow along with us, you’ll know what each of these plants are and how they fit into the Charles River ecosystem!
TOPIC ONE: What are Native and Invasive Plants?
Let’s start by learning about the different types of plants found in the Charles River parks, including native, invasive, and non-native plants! Once you’ve read through the information below, test your knowledge with the game!
TOPIC TWO: How do Native and Invasive Plants Impact their Ecosystem?
This topic is focusing on the ways native and invasive plant species affect their ecosystems! Once you’ve read through the information below, test your knowledge with the game!
TOPIC THREE: What are some Native Plants in the Charles River Parks?
Take a deeper dive into the native plants that call the Charles River parks home. Learn how to spot them, where you might find them, and how they support their local ecosystem. Then test your knowledge with our 5 fun guessing games!
TOPIC FOUR: How do Invasive Plants Impact their Ecosystem?
Just as there are many beautiful, native plants that support the ecosystems of the Charles River parks, there are also some invasive species that have become dominant in certain areas. It is important to learn about these plants so we can work to control their spread and understand their impact on local habitats. Once you’ve read about some of the the invasive species found in the Northeast, test your knowledge with our 5 fun guessing games!
TOPIC FIVE: How Can I Support Healthy Ecosystems in My Own Community?
Being able to identify and understand the difference between beneficial and harmful plants helps us be better advocates for our local ecosystems. Check out the sections below to see how you can get involved in the ecology of your own backyard and test what you’ve learned from all five topics!
Lead photo by Aaron John Bourque