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Tree Inventory

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Apply their growing knowledge of tree diversity to a tree inventory project.
  • Assess the value of the urban forest in their school community.

Time: 60 minutes

Materials:

For each student:

For the class:

  • Graphing materials, regional field guides, reference materials to assist in tree identification

Procedure:

Tell students that they will be assessing the diversity of trees in their study area. Conduct a brief discussion about the importance of tree diversity in an urban forest. (If all the trees in an area are the same species they will all be susceptible to the same diseases and pests. If all of the trees in an area are the same age, they will experience aging effects simultaneously.)

Distribute the Tree Inventory Checklists. In pairs, have students use their tree decks and other reference materials to identify and inventory the trees in the study area. If there is a large number of trees in the study area, you may want to break the class into small groups and have them gather data for specific types of trees.

Back in the classroom, use the collected data to create a simple graph that shows the number and type of trees in your study area. Evaluate the diversity of trees in your study area.

Going deeper:

  • Make a field guide for the trees and wildlife found in your urban forest. Create a page for each type of tree in the study area and include information about its leaves and seeds. Make pages for the wildlife found in the study area.