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|A Sample Herbarium Sheet|
2. Next, press the leaves and make your own herbarium cards. To press leaves, place a cardboard square down on the table, followed by a paper towel square, a leaf, and another piece of paper towel, and finally another cardboard square.
3. Continue making a stack in the same way until all leaves are used.
4. Place a rubber band around the entire stack or place a heavy object on top of the pile. The leaves should dry out in about a week or so.
5. Carefully remove the dried leaves from the stack. Place a leaf on top of the white paper square. Carefully peel the back off the clear contact paper and place on top of the leave. Trim the edges of the contact paper and carefully fold over the cardboard.
6. Just like real botanists, you must make careful observations of leaves, group the leaves in various ways and record your observations.
7. Look at leaves in the temperate deciduous forest biome. Do you have any of the same leaves? Are any of the leaves surprising? Do some further research. What comparisons can you make to leaves in your own collection?