Planting trees for a school project often takes place on Arbor Day, and trees are commonly planted in a local park or nature preserve. By using slow-growing trees, such as Japanese maples, it’s possible to plant these varieties on school grounds as
well! No matter when and where the planting takes place, it is an excellent way to get children to develop a sense of ownership and an appreciation for nature. Other tree-related projects can include identification challenges where students
gather leaves or seeds from various trees in the vicinity and come together to compare their findings and determine which tree is which based on their appearances.
Findings can be catalogued in scrapbooks or journals to provide a special, self-authored reference to help them determine the proper names of each plant they have seen.
While it is important to emphasize the various native trees, non-native species which have ornamental characteristics, making them desirable for landscape use, should also be included in curricula for teaching children the importance of trees.
Native plants are necessary to preserve the natural ecosystem. However, horticulturally-important plants are essential parts of many landscapes, and they too should be discussed when teaching about plants!
Starting these types of projects at a young age, allows children to develop a knowledge of plant material that could grow into a hobby and passion. Regardless, the experience they obtain from these projects is valuable and useful.
Conifer Kingdom can provide large quantities of Japanese maple seedlings or select conifer seedlings that would allow for a nice group planting. Special arrangements can be made upon request. Contact us at 503-874-4123 for more info.
Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple) seedlings
Picea abies (Norway Spruce) seedlings
Thuja occidentalis‘Emerald Green’(Emerald Green Arborvitae)