As summer begins to move quite firmly into autumn and a Canadian winter here in Toronto, students at my school are completing their Ecology unit and working through their design IA.

To that end I have found this website ( to be invaluable in giving me advice and helping me with ideas for relevant experiments. I have always felt Plants should provide a host of lab work but lacked the knowledge to get the most out of them.

For example, try this online exercise that allows students to look at random sampling and abundance


It is necessary to join the website as an “associate” but that’s a straight forward process. From their check out their resources. We have recently started to culture some algae so that in 2 – 3 weeks we will be able to make alginate beads with them and hopefully carry out some sophisticated lab work.