Seed Adaptations

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By participating in a seed scavenger hunt, learners examine many adaptations of seeds, including how many seeds a plant makes, how those seeds travel to new locations, and what protects them from predators and weather. Learners consider why dispersal or spread of seeds is important to the survival of plant species as they identify seeds that fly, seeds that float on air, seeds that cling to other things that move, and more. This activity can be done in conjunction with the Local Field Guide activity from the same source, and is great for an outdoor field trip. This activity can be found on pages 26-27 of the activity guide. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Field Trip


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Worksheet – Seed Adaptations
  • Clipboard and pencil
  • Magnifying lenses
  • 5 resealable plastic bags


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Science After School Consumer's Guide


  • All rights reserved, TERC, 2007

Funding Sources:

  • NASA, NAS5-26555
  • National Science Foundation, NSF 9730728