Investigate the incredibly diverse plant life of North America and Western Pennsylvania in Botany Hall. Get lost in beautiful dioramas that depict wildly different biomes from all four corners of the United States. Learn about how animals and humans depend on plants for foods, shelter, medicine, and clothing. Discover how temperature and water affect plants by comparing a Florida everglade, an Alpine meadow on Mt. Rainier, an Arizona desert, and a wooded Pennsylvania valley. Identify herbs by their smells, and learn about photosynthesis and the food chain.
The hall also has several dioramas to show the plants and diverse habitats present in Western Pennsylvania. Local habitats like Lake Erie’s Presque Isle during the summer, a Warren County bog in the fall, and the Allegheny Natural Forest in the spring are all represented in Botany Hall.
- By Patrick McShea A detail in a Hall of Botany diorama can add much to our understanding of a popular songbird. Pictured …Read More »
- By Bonnie Isaac It’s cold outside! There is snow on the ground. How could this possibly be good for plants? Many of …Read More »
- By Mason Heberling This poinsettia specimen was collected on December 20, 1990 by Sue Thompson from a potted plant in Pittsburgh. Poinsettia …Read More »
- Collected on March 31, 1983, this specimen was found by Fred Utech and Masashi Ohara in Cullman County, Alabama. Fred was a …Read More »