Studying Trees at Long Pond

On February 7, pre-kindergartners trekked through the Long Pond Greenbelt Preserve with science support Stacy Myers to observe the various types of trees in the ecosystem. The students examined the specimens up close and learned about the animals and other plants that depend on them.

The field trip was part of the class’s “Trees” study unit. In this unit, they focus on four Enduring Understandings: trees are living organisms that need air, light, water, and nutrients; there are four main parts to a tree—roots, trunk, branches, and leaves; they provide shade and conserve energy; and they provide food and shelter for humans, birds, and other wildlife.