Forest Highs & Lows

Grades 3-5 | YEAR-ROUND


2 Hours

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.

4 Hours

 

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.