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Environmental Education Activities: PreK–Grade 8

Name that Tree

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What makes two trees different? What makes them alike? In this activity, kids are challenged to look at trees more closely and to use one of three suggested smartphone apps to make identifying trees and the products they give us fun and educational!

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Adopt a Tree

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Trees are everywhere but have you ever stopped to consider your favourite? This free activity encourages a deeper awareness of individual trees over time and helps children see nature differently.

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Bursting Buds

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Spring is a great time to observe growth and new beginnings in the natural world. Trees around us start to show the first signs of changing weather. But where do leaves come from? When do buds first emerge? Engage children in observation and critical thinking about the natural world with this free activity.

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The Value of a Tree

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Trees improve air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and pollution, they reduce flood risks by soaking up rainwater, and they provide energy savings by reducing the need for heating and cooling. Engage kids in observation and critical thinking about the value of trees with this free activity worksheet.

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Learn about Forests Activities: Grades 4–11

 

Every Tree for Itself

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Through an active modeling exercise, learners explore how trees compete with each other for nutrients, sunlight, space, and water.

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Living with Fire

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Learners explore the burnability of different fuels and the role of fire in ecosystems.

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Make your own Paper

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Learners experience firsthand the magic of the paper-making process and the value of trees as a natural resource.

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Nature’s Skyscrapers

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Using simple tools, learners calculate the height of a tree and width of its trunk, and find out why foresters measure trees.

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Plant a Tree

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Trees provide a host of benefits—from oxygen to shade to wildlife habitat. Learners help select and plant a tree for the future.

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Seeking Sustainability

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Learners investigate the concept of forest sustainability by identifying connections between forests and the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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Tree Cookies

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Learners examine tree cross-sections to determine their age and to infer environmental conditions during the tree’s life.

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Trees in Trouble

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Healthy trees need sunlight, water, nutrients, and room to grow. Learners assess trees for signs of their health.

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Water Wonders

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Learners model the different paths water molecules may take in the water cycle and discover its importance for plants and animals.

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Web of Life

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By creating a physical web, learners model the interconnectedness of organisms in an ecosystem.

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What’s in a Label?

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Forest certification is one way to ensure that forests are sustainably managed. Learners discuss environmental, economic, and social criteria for certification.

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Who Works in the Forest?

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Learners discover a range of forest-related careers that help to maintain forest ecosystems and ensure that forest products are sustainably produced.

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