Meet a Tree: Grades K‑8 (5–40 participants)
Discover seeds, nuts, leaves, bark, and more with this interactive investigation of urban and community trees. This one hour indoor presentation will allow participants to explore and identify some of the common and unique trees that grow in our communities. Seed dispersal, leaf type, and bark texture will be highlighted with natural history specimens brought to your classroom or event space. Want to go outdoors and do a tree walk as well? This outdoor portion is optional and a great way to see the trees in your community.
From Seed to Tree: Grades K‑8
Have you ever grown a flower or vegetable from seed? How about a tree? Discover the fascinating shapes, textures, and diversity of tree seeds. Learn how to identify a tree simply by its seed, fruit, or nut. Receive a seed from a native Pennsylvania Kentucky coffee tree, and prepare it to plant and take home with you. Interested in collecting seeds on your own? Learn the times of the year best to collect in your community or volunteer with us to help us gather tree seeds to grow in our Heritage Nursery.
School Yard Discovery: Grades K‑12
Investigate the plants, insects, and animals living outside your window. Complete a natural history inventory, map the property and discover the wonders of nature that exist right in your backyard. Learn what can be done outdoors each season and use your outside space as a learning classroom.
Measuring and Mapping Trees: Age varies
(up to 25 participants, call to discuss)
Get outdoors to identify, measure, and calculate the average age of the trees. Discover the different growth rates of trees and using the data collected, calculate the environmental services provided by the trees using online tools. Find out answers such as: How many gallons of storm water can a tree intercept? How much energy savings can it provide to a house, or school? What is it doing to clean the air?