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Medicine in My Backyard

A preservation project that emphasizes transferring ancestral knowledge to--and preserving traditional plants for--future generations within a community where students play the role of ethno-botanists to investigate medicinal plants in their communities and read poetry written more than 900 years ago that helps reveal the healing power of plants.

The effectiveness of local medicinal plants is one of the most important reasons their preservation for future generations is necessary. This project’s vision is to empower students to make informed decisions regarding medicinal plants by asking questions, such as: How can people learn how to use plants for medicine? What are some plant remedies? Why is a Botanical Garden important?

The goals of the project are:
1.Students will gain an awareness of the important purposes of medicinal plants by collecting stories from their communities on how humans have traditionally lived with plants.
2.Students will let the (local and global) communities know through several activities why medicinal plants are an essential part of life, so that the natural environments in which they exist must be sustained for the future.
3.Students and their local communities will be able to use their medicinal plants as part of their nature preservation and heritage and will promote this through several activities with their respective communities (seed bank, cultivation, video).

The purposes of medicinal plants will be shown on video and CD with exposure on the Internet through ...