Tree Essentials

The Arboretum's wide variety of impressive trees makes it an ideal setting to learn about these giants of the plant world. Not only will students gain a newfound appreciation of the many ways in which we depend upon trees in our daily lives, they will also learn through hands-on activities about the structure of a tree and how its different parts work together to make it function. As students explore our woodlands, they will gain an understanding of the diversity of trees by examining trees' leaves, bark, buds, fruits and flowers.

Program length: 1 ½ - 2 hours

This program emphasizes the following Next Generation Science Standards:

ESS2.A: Earth materials and systems
LS1.A: Structure and function
LS1.B: Growth and development of organisms
LS1.C: Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
LS1.D: Information Processing
LS2.A: Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2.B: Cycles of matter and energy transfer in ecosystems
LS2.C: Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience
LS2.D: Social interactions and group behavior
LS3.A: Inheritance of traits
LS3.B: Variation of traits
LS4.B: Natural selection
LS4.D: Biodiversity and humans