HUG A TREE
Hug a tree…that’s right!
Go outside. Find a tree.
Wrap your arms around the trunk of a tree.
Press your cheek against its bark.
Close your eyes.
Listen. What sounds do you hear from the tree? Are the leaves whispering? Are the branches rustling?
Take a deep breath. What do you smell? The woods? Spring? Musty leaves on the ground?
Open your eyes. Touch the tree with your fingers. Explore its bark, trace its branches, rub a leaf between your fingers. Be gentle.
What other parts of the tree do you see? Roots? Seeds?
How do you feel getting close to a tree?
Write about your experience in your tree journal. In your journal, draw a picture of your tree. Note specific observations about your tree. Take measurements. Plan to visit your tree in a week or months to observe it again.
Become a Citizen Scientist and help scientists help trees! Citizen Scientists are regular kids (like you!) and their grown-ups. They participate in scientific projects to gather data and monitor trees so scientists can help our planet.
Here are some Citizen Scientist tree projects you can join:
- CURIO: Locate trees in your backyard or neighborhood, write down observations about them, and add them to a global map.
- LEAFSNAP: Help identify different kinds of trees in your neighborhood with photographs of their leaves
- NATIONAL TREE BENEFIT CALCULATOR: Go to this site to calculate the benefits of different trees in your yard or neighborhood.
- GLOBE OBSERVER: TREES: Use an app to help NASA track changes on Earth and interpret satellite data. Find a tree in your neighborhood to measure and observe. Then submit your data to this Citizen Scientist project.
For more Citizen Scientist projects, CLICK HERE to go to SciStarter.