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Lichen LookingAdd to list Details
In this outdoor activity, learners search for lichen, a combination of a fungus and an alga living together. Lichen grow where most other plants cannot, on rocks, the trunks of trees, logs and sand.
In this inquiry-based lesson, learners measure the biomass of trees, calculate the carbon stored by the trees, and use this information to create recommendations about using trees for carbon sequestra
Leaves: Extracting PigmentsAdd to list Details
In this fun, hands-on autumn activity, learners experiment to discover whether the colored substances in leaves can be separated from the leaves.
Cool TreesAdd to list Details
This warm weather activity introduces learners to the impact trees have on blocking the sun's heat and reducing temperature on the Earth's surface.
As Straight as a Pole
In this engineering activity (page 3 of PDF), young learners investigate how a pole can be made stable by “planting” its base in the ground or adding supports to the base.
Bark Beetle Infestation Investigation: Estimation and Pheromones
This activity investigates how bark beetles can threaten forests by having learners estimate the number of infected trees from a photo.
Tree Growth InvestigationAdd to list Details
This activity (located on page 3 of the PDF under GPS: Temperate Rain Forest Activity) is a full inquiry investigation into tree growth rates.
Plants: Hanging Tough
In this hands-on activity, learners will become familiar with the special adaptations of rainforest plants and discover the conditions needed for tropical trees to survive along with what can impinge
Leaves: Designing Leaf Arrangements on a BranchAdd to list Details
In this hands-on activity, learners investigate the functional design of leaves on a tree.
Tree Trunk Diameter to Branch Height RelationshipAdd to list Details
In this activity (located on page 2 of the PDF under GPS: Temperate Rain Forest Activity), learners will identify a group of deciduous trees to study.
Describing Oak Leaves
Learners work in teams to investigate how scientists use physical characteristics to classify living things.
Trees: Recorders of Climate Change
In this activity, learners are introduced to tree rings by examining a cross section of a tree, also known as a “tree cookie.” They discover how tree age can be determined by studying the rings and ho
Shake It!Add to list Details
In this outdoor activity that can be combined with a hike, learners try to match a "mystery community" by shaking animals out of different trees and shrubs.
Litter CrittersAdd to list Details
In this outdoor activity, learners use a "litter-critter" wheel to help them identify different animals they find living in a natural litter habitat.
Give or Take?
In this outdoor activity, learners work in pairs using their senses—especially touch—to learn more about individual trees.
Sawing AwayAdd to list Details
In this outdoor activity, learners saw sections from fallen trees, then count tree rings and look closely at patterns of tree growth.
Mushroom Murder Mystery
In this game (p.28 of PDF), learners discover different fungal lifestyles and the various roles that fungi play in nature. Learners play the roles of fungi and must find their corresponding trees.
Seeds: Roots and ShootsAdd to list Details
In this indepth hands-on activity, learners build a structure that allows them to observe the growth of roots and the correlation between root growth and stem extension.
Trees: Buds and TwigsAdd to list Details
In this hands-on nature activity, learners observe the emergence of leaves and flowers. Branches from trees and bushes are collected in the early spring, brought indoors, and placed in water.
Mystery of the Disappearing Cottonwoods
Learners will explore the scientific mystery behind a disappearing group of trees by examining data and attempting to explain the decline.