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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...

Smarty Plants

The lesson begins with a discussion about what pollinators are, why they are important, and the adaptations plants have to attract them.  The activity that follows includes a discussion focused on specific plant adaptations for different pollinators, and students then design an imaginary plant adapted to an assigned pollinator.

Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Lesson 1)

Students use ALB ID Cards to create labeled diagrams of key ALB characteristics.  They then complete a Classification Tree comparing the ALB with native insects.

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...

Forest for the Trees

In this activity, students will role-play managing a Tree Farm. By using a piece of land as a Tree Farm, they will begin to understand the economic factors that influence management decisions for private forest lands.

Biodiversity, Invasive Species, and Plant Biosecurity-Activity #1

The presentation focuses on biodiversity, how invasive species affect biodiversity, who is involved in detecting invasive species, and plant biosecurity.  It also features other plant biosecurity issues such as those that affect our food supply, the USDA Select Agents and Toxins list, and agroterrorism events of the last century. In the...

Three Cheers for Trees

It’s easy to take for granted both trees and the many benefi ts they provide. In this activity, students picture how their community would be different without trees and think about how much trees add to people’s lives.

Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Lesson 4)

New Recruits--Action Campaigns The class will discuss how people obtain new information and will identify attributes of effective awareness and advertising campaigns.  Students will then complete an activity in which they discuss Beetle Busters action campaign plans, target audiences for messaging, and their connections to important...

Beetle Busters-Smart Searchers (Lesson 2)

Search and Report--Follow the Signs The class discusses the life cycle of the ALB and relates the beetle's life stages to the signs of ALB infestation.

TreEAB Week 1, Lesson 5: Celebrate Trees

At the end of this mini-unit, students will understand all the ecosystems services and value trees provide to humans everyday. Students will know the biological processes of trees and the importance of native trees for providing habitat. Finally, they will acknowledge the significance trees add to our surroundings and be able to share everything...

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