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Students living in urban areas must have travel to long-distance places such as tidal flats, beach, and mountains to experience field trip programs for ecology and classification. The purpose of this research was to develop an inquiry activity program, which is conducted in urban area, for the students to understand plant classification through the application of high-tech instruments to observe nearby plants. Seoul Science Park is located in the southern part of Seoul and has a well-equipped botanical garden inhabited by diverse plant species. In addition, the institute is equipped with many binocular microscopes and scanning electron microscopes, which can be applied when observing plants and pollens. The developed inquiry activity program for plant classification is composed of two stages: the preparation stage when the students gain the preliminary knowledge for plant classification and observe nearby plants with the naked eye, and the activity stage when the students observe pollens with an optical microscope and a scanning electron microscope. The high school students who participated in the preliminary application of this program showed positive response. In particular, they appreciated that the inquiry activity of plant classification by observing pollen with a scanning electron microscope was very interesting and stimulated their curiosity. Therefore, this inquiry activity can provide students in urban areas with an opportunity of understanding the classification of nearby plants and satisfying their scientific curiosity with high-tech scientific instruments.