UW Bothell/ Cascadia College Guided Plant Tour
On the UW Bothell and Cascadia College co-located campus use your smart phone with a QR code reader to scan arboretum plant tags. Once scanned, the code will take you to an online plant profile to learn more about the plant species. Tags are mostly concentrated along the Burke-Gilman Trail, the garden beds at the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory, and in the SSGC greenhouse. There are also tags nearby the ARC and the bus stop/CC1 Building.
Students, trail users, and visitors can interact with nature on their own, without a guide, and still have access to high quality information by scanning the plant tags with their phone. This is great for students studying on their own and trying to complete ecology or plant assignments for class. Plant reports were written and edited by students, staff, and UW Bothell Herbarium volunteers. They include photographs, plant specs (what the plants look like), how they can be used in restoration or benefit the environment and wildlife, and how the plant may have been used by local native tribes or used commercially.
This project is managed by the UW Bothell Herbarium and was funded by Caren Crandell and the Office of Research. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Verlinde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
iPhones can just use their camera to scan the QR code. The QR code will bring up the internet browser on your phone and show you more information about the plant. On Android phones, you must first download a QR code scanner. Some QR code scanners (Android Norton Snap for example) don't work, so try another one. QR Code Reader is free, and works well for Android phones.
Tags are left out year-round. About a tenth of the plants will die back completely every year and will not be found between September and March. Look at the bloom time on the tag as a clue to show you when the plant is at its peak.
Deciduous Trees and Shrubs