Thorns & Threats Kit

Contact Us

Nature Center Hours

Accepting injured birds
8am to 4:30pm daily
802.359.5000 x212

Thorns & Threats Kit

Rental Fee: $50*

Prickly chestnut husks, thorny raspberry and rose bushes and hooked porcupine quills - sharp projections have become common defense mechanism for plants and animals. Explore a variety of different species who use this protective adaptation to ward off predators in an effort to improve their survival rates. Every species relies on certain defense strategies and the spiky plants and animal examples included in this kit are no exception. Through this kit, students will carefully discover why this adaptation is so effective and learn about different uses for this defense strategy in both plants and animals.

Contents of Kit

The Thorns & Threats Kit includes:

  • Barberry
  • Beech nuts
  • Black walnut
  • Chestnuts
  • Hawthorn
  • Holly leaves
  • Porcupine quills
  • Rose bush
  • Sea shells
  • Sweet Gum Balls
  • Wild cucumber

The Thorns & Threats Kit is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards.

Reserve Kit

*Shipping and handling fees apply. The rental fee is waived for teachers participating in VINS School Programs.