Exploring Trees and Ponds Activity Guide: Fall Trees

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As youth observe trees and plants, they develop a better understanding of the environmental conditions that affect how trees and plants grow. One of a three-part series, this Guide features engaging activities that bring middle school youth outdoors to explore the natural world using observation, digital photography, drawing, activity challenges, and scientific experiments. Written by EDC’s Bernie Zubrowski—author of several children’s books and former museum exhibit designer for the Boston Children’s Museum—and funded by the National Science Foundation, the activities are designed to enable youth to carry out scientific inquiry and make discoveries for themselves through short- and long-term observations of their local environment. This Guide engages youth in observing trees and plants over time. In the fall, trees and plants begin transitioning to winter dormancy. In more temperate areas, these changes may be dramatic as leaves turn vibrant colors, fade, and then fall. In areas with less variable seasonal temperatures, changes may be more subtle but still worth observing. (Explore the Trees and Ponds website.)


Bernie Zubrowski

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60 pp.
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