A Perfect Day in the Forest
April 4th was a near perfect day to be out in the forest. Erin Smith's class from Canyon Creek Elementary showed up to help us plant trees and to learn about science.
20 kids broke into 3 teams.
Quotes are from letters written by the students. You may read all of those letters HERE.
"You are very generous to our community by turning what used to be a dump into a nice peaceful forest." (note: We did remove 4000 pounds of junk from this site + a car, a truck and a camper)
Ranger Carolyn sets up a lesson on tree identification. How do you think kids managed to ID trees without leaves on them?
"I learned how plants make stuff similar to antifreeze. "
"I learned about how to plant and how plants survive in the winter. "
"My favorite part is making names for the plants. There’s Tim, penea, Bob and leafa."
Students learned how to identify trees and shrubs by studying buds through a magnifier and comparing what they saw with a table of drawings depicting buds from native plants.
"I learned about deciduous and evergreen trees."
"I learned how to test water and how to plant plants and how to observe plants!"
"I learned that trees have lots of homes for the insects."
Another team passes through the moss door.
"I hope you can have us over again soon!!!"
Ranger David (a killer whale scientist and our Vice President) shows students how to test the pH of water.
"I am still wondering where can I get the test tubes and chemicals?"
(Note: it is easier to find pH test strips and they are easier, but a little less accurate, to use.)
And the results are in. By laying their test tube next to a color chart students identified the pH of the surface water. It was 6.6
Students all got nearly the same reading. Good field work. Good science.
Students made observations in the ditch at the edge of the restoration site. They had to write up their observations.
"I also learned about diseases in plants."
"I learned so much! "
It's very important to write good notes about what we see.
"I had a great time learning how to tell if water is clean"
"I loved the experience of nature. "
How many third graders does it take to circle this cedar tree?
"Thank you for letting us look at the native plants an letting us go there for free."
"I learned that plants die if you bury their roots too deep."
Ranger Kent shows this team how to build a cone of soil in the hole and fan the roots down over that cone. He also explained something called a "moss line" which helps to determine exactly how far up the trunk the soil should go.
"I learned not to fill the dirt to the trunk!"
"Thank you for teaching us so many facts about plants, letting us get some fresh air, get a little dirty, and have fun! "
"It was awesomely awesome planting!!"
This team gets their picture taken in front of the first cedar tree they planted.
Hey Patti An, that's one you donated!
"Best field trip ever!"
Great job kids. Your trees will grow to be giants some day!
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