Dates: November 3rd and 4th, 2021
Clark Gardens invites you and your 4th grade students to participate in Clark Gardens Historic Tree Trail and Arbor Day Field Trip combining science activities and Texas History.
The purpose of the program is to increase knowledge about the importance of tree diversity in our community.
The curriculum is adapted from the Texas Forest Service.
Teaching objectives of the curriculum involve the following five concepts:
- Trees come in different sizes and shapes.
- Trees have specific growing conditions including soil, location and temperatures.
- Without a variety of trees one insect or one disease could kill all the trees.
- A greater diversity of trees means a greater diversity of wildlife.
- Tree diversity provide beauty in our communities.
Each concept has a 45-minute lesson plan, designed to be taught by the classroom teacher.
All participating teachers will receive four one-time admission passes to Clark Gardens.
The Clark Gardens Texas Historic Tree Trail and Arbor Day Field Trip is available for 6 classes daily with a maximum of 22 students each.
Students will arrive no later than 8:45 with activities beginning at 9:00 am and conclude by 1:00 pm. Picnic lunch breaks are built into the program (school provided sack lunches). Students will tour the Historical Tree Trail and discover the history behind the following Texas historical trees: Alamo Live Oak; LBJ Winged Elm; Sam Houston Kissing Bur Oak; Goose Island Live Oak; and the Moon Sycamore. Along the way students will participate in field study activities studying leaves, bark, and measurement of trees.
Carol Clark Montgomery
Executive Director, Clark Gardens