I would like to thank GreyOne for submitting this idea. This project will give us an opportunity to learn to identify plants and study their uses. Use identification guides or check with someone in your area that can help you make the identification. For the April/May project, we will be making a pressed plant collection. The plants can be wild flowers, tree leaves, edible or otherwise useful plants. Take pictures of the plant before it is picked and after it has been pressed and labeled and post them. Tell a little about the plant and how it can be used in your area. The first five plants are due in April with a total of 15 due before the end of May. Don’t pick a leaf, flower or other part of a plant until you have identified the plant. It is much easer to identify a plant before it is pressed than after. Give the common name for the plant. Also, give at least the genus name of the plant and also the species if it can be determined. It is very important to use the genus and species names of plants because there may be many, many common names for the same plant across the country but each plant has only one genus and species name wherever the specimen was collected. That way everyone will know exactly what plant you are talking about. You can press plants between layers of newspaper. Put something heavy such as some books on top to weight the paper and plants down until they are dry. You can also make a portable press to use in the field. Take two pieces of thin plywood about one foot by one foot and put several layers of newspaper between the boards. Then use straps to keep the boards pressed hard together with the paper and plants in between. Be sure to label each pressed plant with at least its common name, genus and species names and location and date found. Disclaimer note: "Wild edible plant identification can be risky. Some of the plants have both edible and poisonous properties. The information posted here is unverified. Use at your own risk. "