Meet Amelia Exotica Floridana

Amy Richard and her colleagues from the University of Florida bring an exciting approach to environmental education to the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Her character, named Amelia exotica floridana, educates students of all ages about invasive plant species through visual and experiential interactions. Amy dresses up in a costume that visually represents the difference between an invasive species monoculture and a diverse habitat of native plants.

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