Tree Essentials

The Arboretum's wide variety of impressive trees makes it the ideal setting in which to encounter these giants of the plant world. Select any two lessons from the list below to customize your field trip.

Program length: 2 hours

The Tree and Me
Where would we be without trees? Students will gain a newfound appreciation of the many ways in which we depend upon trees in our daily lives and for the long-term health of our planet.

The Secret Life of Trees
What's going on inside our trees? Via hands-on activities throughout the Arboretum, students will learn about the structure of a tree and understand how its different parts work together to help it function.

Tree ID
Students will gain an understanding of the diversity and classification of trees by examining their shape, leaves, bark, buds, fruit and flowers. Using a dichotomous key, students will identify some of the Arboretum's specimens.

Tree Story
From sapling to decaying log, a tree's role in its habitat is vital. Students will explore the conditions that affect a tree's ability to thrive and will discover the many creatures and plants that depend upon trees for survival.

This program emphasizes the following New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards for Science:

5.1A: Understand Scientific Explanations

5.1B: Generate Scientific Evidence through Active Investigation

5.1D: Participate Productively in Science

5.3A: Organization and Development

5.3B: Matter and Energy Transformations

5.3C: Interdependence

5.3D: Heredity and Reproduction

5.3E: Evolution and Diversity

5.4G: Biogeochemical Cycles

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