The Science of Trees
How do trees function? In the classroom, students will investigate the internal workings of a tree, including photosynthesis and the physiological role of leaves, stems and roots. Learn how trees help mitigate the impacts of climate change through carbon sequestration.
In the field, students will explore a variety of habitats while walking the sanctuary trails, the schoolyard, or a nearby greenspace, learning about the important role trees play in the ecosystem. Working in teams, students will measure several trees, then use this information to calculate the oxygen generation and carbon sequestration of each tree.
Back in the classroom, we'll explore questions like "What is a watershed and why are trees important to your watershed? What impacts would be experienced if trees were absent from our environment?" Students will investigate the significant roles trees play in the water cycle, the maintenance of water quality, and the proper functioning of watersheds.
Locations: Your school and either Broad Meadow Brook, Wachusett Meadow, your schoolyard, or a suitable community greenspace
Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester
Your school or other location
6, 7, 8
Please see brochure.
Learning Standards Supported:
7-MS-LS2-3 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - matter and energy cycling