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Treemendous trees

Ranger Sessions: Treemendous trees

Trees really are tree-mendous; what would our landscape be without them? Think of all the wildlife they support, not to mention all the thousands of ways we use timber.

These three activities focus on the variety, beauty and structure of trees as well as encouraging children to enjoy being in a woodland.

Meet a Tree
A chance to make friends with a tree. Children will be blindfolded and led to their tree; firstly they give it a big hug; not only to be friendly but also to judge how big the tree is. They feel all around the tree touching the bark, branches and leaves until they think they know their tree really well. They are led away and the blindfold is removed before they have to go and find their tree. Most children manage to find their tree and so realise that even trees of the same species are quite different (just like people) if only you take the time to look closely.

Wiggly Wavy
Using some giant leaves as examples the children will be asked to try and find a real leaf to match the giant one. The focus is on looking at the actual shapes of the leaves rather than colour or size.

Tree Passports
A chance to discover all about different trees, looking closely at what makes trees individual. We will take bark rubbings to look at the texture and leaf prints to see the trees finger prints.

Time: 1 1/2 hours
Maximum group size: 16
Key stage: 1-2
Cost: £48.00 (£3 per child)

The Vital Statistics of a Tree

This session allows children to try their hand at some of the work of a forester and incorporates mathematics into the treemendous world of trees. We’ll start by doing a quick sketch of the tree then measure its’ girth (to tell us how old the tree is), it’s height and canopy cover. We will also look at some tree sections to count annual growth rings and discover what information the rings can tell us about past events in the life of a tree. Then we will look more closely at individual trees and make tree passports.

Time: 1 1/2 hours
Maximum group size: 16
Key stage: 2-3
Cost: £48.00 (£3 per child)