I am in a class that I am excited about. The assignment is to do something that impacts the environment. When I told the instructor about my interest in CPs, he got all excited and told me to do something involving CPs. He took me outside and showed me the pitiful little bog garden that is on campus that has a few straggly sarracenia in it. I didnt' comment on how bad they looked. I don't think there is actually anyone there who knows anything about these plants.
So I sent him an email with one project proposal, but it's not going to work if there isn't any funding for student projects. I am waiting for him to get back to me on that.
My idea is to start a new bog garden just for CPs on campus. Either with only native Mississippi plants (including sundews and pings) or any that will grow naturally in this environment, which would allow me to include VFTs in the garden. I would also put detailed information about each plant on a plaque (like you see in a zoo) with as much info about the plants as I can come up with.
Of course this idea takes some money, because I would need the plants and would need peat moss and whatever else it takes to make a new bed. If they can't pay for it, I need a new idea. It won't cost as much as you would think, because I have a lot of plants that I could donate, and I bet I could get some donations from forum members since this is a conservation/teaching project that would get information about these plants to a lot of people. The main cost would be in the construction of the bed.
If this idea doesn't work, I'll have to come up with another one. I am also into dart frogs, and love any type of frog, so I wouldn't mind doing a project with them, but don't have a clue what I could feasibly do, so I'm focusing on the plants for now.
What do you guys think?
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I am reading through all the posts and stickies in the conservation section, many of which are years old. I see that some of you do talks and have powerpoints and other things already done to help increase public awareness of these plants. If any of you would share your powerpoints, or point me to some good research, etc I would appreciate it. I'm not asking you to do my project for me, but if you have something saved on your computer and know right where it is, drop it my way. I can put together an awesome project and presentation with tons of useful information. I'm in Mississippi and sarracenia habitats are regularly being destroyed. People here don't know anything about them and think they are just weeds. Like I said, the bog garden on campus is pitiful, and I would like to increase it and make it wonderful, something that people will come on campus specifically to see.