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A dichotomous key helps you identify an object by choosing between two pieces of information. Learn to use a botanical dichotomous key in this interactive game to find out the Latin names of eight plant species that are native to the Cache Creek area. Correctly name all of the species and you’ll get a Junior Botanist certificate that you can print out and display.

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Learn about some plant species of southwestern British Columbia in this interactive game by accompanying John Davidson and the Vancouver Natural History Society on a field trip to the Mount Garibaldi area.

In the summer of 1914, John Davidson, together with the BC Mountaineering Club, made his first expedition to the Mount Garibaldi area. He returned to the area several times over the next few decades for scientific study and field trips. During these successful trips, Davidson and the BC Mountaineering Club (during the early trips) or the Vancouver Natural History Society (during later trips) collected native plant species, mapped the area and took regular altitude measurements. The Mount Garibaldi area was proclaimed Garibaldi Provincial Park in 1927 because of the contributions of John Davidson, his companions and many others.

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Go virtual shopping in 1926, using John Davidson’s own grocery list for his third adventure to the Mount Garibaldi area. (Yes, he planned ahead!) Find out how prices compare between then and now.

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Learn to press, mount and label an herbarium specimen by watching an animation of John Davidson’s process. The gallery includes scanned photos of many of the specimens that Davidson collected from around the world.

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By watching this animation, you’ll learn to make a capsule for storing small parts of a plant specimen, such as seeds and leaves.

John Davidson was an avid photographer and lecturer. In his day, one way to capture images and show them to larger groups of people was to have lantern slide shows. Davidson mounted a positive image between two pieces of glass and shone a light source behind the image to project an enlarged version onto a wall or screen. To make his slides more appealing and realistic, he hand-tinted many of them with a translucent paint.

Tint five of John Davidson’s lantern slides to make colourful works of art that you can personalize, print out and display.