Field instruction at Conserve School not only provides students with the outdoor skills that will help them to feel comfortable and confident in outdoor settings, but it also works to equip them with basic naturalist skills that will help them to connect with the land around them. This week students learned some of the basics of tree identification. Under the direction if field instructors Julia Dodd and Rebecca Deatsman students used a dichotomous key to identify the common trees that are found at Lowenwood. They also practiced making their own dichotomous keys with their shoes! The class ended with a game of tree identification twister as students exhibited both their flexibility and how much they had learned about tree identification.
Thank you to Fran McReynolds for providing the photographs for this post.
~ Graduate Fellow Heather Lumpkin