Forest Highs & Lows
Grades 3-5 | YEAR-ROUND
Our forests are complex, dynamic communities that are in a constant state of change. Your class will explore Tryon Creek’s many cycles as they discuss succession, decomposition, and other systems of change that affect our landscape. After completing a kinetic modeling activity in the classroom, groups head out to the trails where they look for evidence of disturbance in Tryon’s ecosystem.
After finishing up their morning (see above) students work through two activity rotations during a fun afternoon in the park. One rotation gives students a chance to design their own forest, complete with disturbance events and the resulting structural changes. The second rotation uses games to look at how changing landscapes can affect animal populations.