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Identifying trees in your neighbourhood


Bookable Type(s) Half Day Field Study
Duration2 Hours
LocationPreferred field trip location is the community forest at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, though it can take place in a nearby green space or BC park that has a variety of trees, seeds, leaves and cones. With animal nests in and around trees
Contact This Presenterwrehab@hotmail.com or call 7785174377

While walking through the forest, local green space, or park students will find a sense of wonder while learning about coniferous and deciduous trees. Broadleaf verses evergreen. Looking at tree shape, leaf structure, bark texture, seeds, cones, branches, roots, needles and sap, and through the use of math skills and other engaging activities, students will start to understand how to identify trees. Identifying neighbourhood native trees, their features, and distinct characteristics. Having them discover and explore the outdoors matching tree, cone, seed and leaf sets to proper trees in the crown forest. They will learn to discover, engage in and
explore their sense of wonder in nature and make a weather station back at school or at home.

Students will also learn about seed dispersal, how animals depend on trees, and traditional use of certain trees by First Nations. This lesson is filled with activities and games to play while learning about neighbourhood trees.
We can do this nearby in greenspace if a lot of different trees around but will need to be collecting things for an activity or COTR community forest is better. Will need a bus if not in walking distance to COTR. It will be better in the forest we are looking for certain animals that feed on trees as well as cones and leaves on the ground and animal nests.

At the end of the program students will be able to show others how to identify trees in their backyard. Older students will find out how to use a tree key.

Patricia Meldrum
(Educator)

Organization: Independant outdoor environmental educator

Title: Applied Biologist Technician

Address: Cranbrook, BC

Curriculum Links:Trees ,leaves seeds, needles and cones all have observable features. Trees are living things that can be grouped into categories and interact in their ecosystems. Daily and seasonal changes affect all living things. All living things sense and respond to their environment. All living things can be characterized into Individual groups and categories by identifying their unique features and their environment where they live. Use of gross motor skills and critical thinking skills. Children find a sense of wonder and learn to engage and discover things outside. They will use their senses to understand and learn about nature and engage in activities. They will be using math skills to characterize living things and put them into groups this will help them to understand how to identify each tree. Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment.
Tags:Geology/Earth History, Other, Outdoor Skills, Ecosystems / Wildlife, Water, Sustainable Living, Forestry / Silviculture, Food, Indigenous Education, Climate Change
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Autumn
Grade Levels:Primary (K-3)
School Districts:Independent, SD5

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