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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

June 3, 2009

Students Medicinal Plant Workshops

Students from two Austin Independent School District high schools will learn the value and chemical makeup of native plants during summer workshops sponsored by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the university's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Fifteen students who will be juniors this fall were selected to participate with their classmates in a week-long Texas Shaman workshop for each school. The students were chosen to participate based on an essay and decisions by teachers at Travis and Eastside Memorial high schools.

Travis High School students will attend the workshop from June 8-12, and Eastside Memorial High School from July 20-24.

The first day of each workshop will be spent at the Wildflower Center, where Public Programs Manager Stephen Brueggerhoff will teach the students about the value of native plants and plant collection methods. The students will then spend three days analyzing plant specimens in the university laboratory of assistant chemistry professor Dionicio Siegel.

On the final day, they will return to the Wildflower Center for a celebratory lunch with parents, teachers, and staff that include workshop coordinator Kelly Ledford, educational outreach coordinator at the Wildflower Center. The students will give informal presentations during lunch on their project posters, and learn about invasive plant species that threaten native plants while touring sites outside the center.

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