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Sudden Oak Death Activity Guide

This activity guide explains the ins and outs of Sudden Oak Death in a dynamic and engaging way, blending games, maps, and activity prompts with kid-friendly background information on the disease.

400-Acre Wood

In this activity, students will play the role of managers of a 400-acre (162 hectare) piece of public forest. Through this role, students will begin to understand the complex considerations that influence management decisions about forest lands.

Nature Works Everywhere Gardens Activity Guide: Habitat and Pollinators

Students learn how the garden provides habitat for a variety of different animal species. They make observations and collect data to determine which species inhabit the garden (especially pollinators), investigate relationships among them, and identify factors that may affect them. They use this data to track species over a period of time to...

Tree-Mendous Trees (Lesson 1)

Students recall everything they know about trees in science journals and share in a class discussion.  The book Tell Me, Tree: All about Trees for Kids, by Gail Gibbons is then used to begin a discussion about the parts of trees.  Students then revisit their tree knowledge and formulate questions for future learning.

Invasive Species and Population Growth-Activity #2

Students listen to a 50-minute presentation on how invasive species can affect the population growth of a native species through disease (or disease transmission), competition, and predation. They then complete a hands-on activity in which carrying capacity is demonstrated using a game with a 10x10 grid and kidney beans.

We All Need Trees

Students are often surprised to learn how many different products we get from trees. Use this activity to help your students learn just how much we depend on trees in our daily lives.

Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Lesson 5)

New Recruits--Social Networking The class will review ALB social media awareness campaigns already in progress and how they can contribute to them by engaging peers.  Students then complete an activity where they assess their outdoor activities and how to incorporate ALB searches into them.

Trees in Trouble-Sudden Oak Death...On the Move

Students will observe and discuss photos and information sheets on symptoms of SOD and how the pathogen spreads.  A hands-on activity demonstrating how soil is moved on shoes follows, and is wrapped up with a discussion on sanitizing practices. 

Nature Works Everywhere Gardens Activity Guide: Water

The purpose of this activity guide is to help students understand their garden as a model watershed through the collection and analysis of rainwater filtration data. This guide serves as an extension to the Nature Works Everywhere How Natural Areas Filter Water lesson plan, which can be found at www.NatureWorksEverywhere.org. In this guide,...

Can My Tree Catch the Flu?

This series of [4] activities helps increase youth awareness of Sudden Oak Death (SOD), a tree disease that has had devastating effects on oak populations in California. To provide an analogy to how a tree catches this disease, participants are introduced to a familiar situation – catching the flu. All activities were initially developed for a...

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