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Parts of A Tree For Kids

Kids can discover all about the parts of a tree in their gardens.

About Trees
Botany
Clipart of Trees
Forests
Historic Trees
Games & Puzzles
Garden Projects
Leaves
Planting Trees
Projects Involving Trees
Uses of Trees
Weird Things About Trees

About Trees

Adopt A Tree
What if you could give a gift that would last a lifetime, touch the recipient’s heart and help the planet? Give trees as gifts with Trees for a Change, and you can.

Arborday.org Tree Guide
Detailed information on dozens of commonly planted landscape trees that grow throughout the United States. Here you will find information on height and spread, soil and sun requirements, leaves and fruit, history, wildlife habitat, and more.

Parts of a Tree
All trees, from the highest leaf to the roots deep in the ground, have the same parts of a tree that play important roles in a trees function and survival.

Tree Book
Learn to identify the trees of British Columbia, Canada. many of these trees can also be found in the Pacific Northwest as well.

Tree Kit Student Guide
Simple lessons for young children on such things as: What do trees do for dinner? Where does the green go? What are the parts of a tree?

Clipart of Trees

Free Tree Clipart
Many pages of royalty-free images of trees in lineart for the most part. See the Plant category for wider selection of plant images. Images for labeling parts of a tree.

Forests

Canada’s Forests Teaching Kit Series
In French and English. The CFA Teaching Kit Series provides educators with the tools to help young people better understand the value of forests and the importance of protecting and conserving them.


Historic Trees

These Five “Witness Trees” Were Present At Key Moments In America’s History
These still-standing trees are a living testament to our country’s tragic past. Witness trees have been known to hide bullets they’ve absorbed beneath new layers of wood and bark, and they heal other visible scars over time. While they may look like ordinary trees, they have incredible stories to tell.

Games & Puzzles

Carly’s Kids Corner
Animated interactive site from the Arbor Day folks to encourage children to make a difference concerning both rural and urban forests. Click on “Fun and Games” to get to their game section.

Leaves

The Foliage Network
During the months of September, October, and November, The Foliage Network collects data from our foliage spotters twice a week. This data is collected, plotted, and analyzed by The Foliage Network. The end result is The Foliage Network Report, which is used by travelers to find the best foliage conditions. The Foliage Report uses actual data unlike other “reports” which use annual averages.

Chemistry of Autumn Colors
For the teen who is also studying chemistry. The green pigment in leaves is chlorophyll. Chlorophyll absorbs red and blue light from the sunlight that falls on leaves. Therefore, the light reflected by the leaves is diminished in red and blue and appears green.

Preserving Leaves
Requires adult supervision, but this page has several ways of saving beautiful fall foliage.

Why do Leaves Change Colors?
The best conditions for a beautiful autumn are just enough moisture and declining but not freezing temperatures. However, the colors are really based on day length.

Planting Trees

How fruit trees grow communities
Consider planting a fruit tree in your yard. There are miniature trees for even the tiniest yard and large ones if you have acres. You can then also be part of a growing movement to help feed the hungry in your neighborhood.

Planting and caring for fruit trees
Fruit trees need full sun to thrive. Most also must have well-drained soil, though apples, pears, and plums are somewhat more tolerant of less-than-ideal conditions. If poor drainage is a serious problem, plant your trees in raised beds. From Sunset Magazine.

The Treetures
The Treeture family will show you how to plant trees and take care of them. Watch the animated gif as the forest changes with the seasons. A very imaginative site I think you’ll really enjoy.

Projects Involving Trees

Treehouse and tire swing!

From the Artists Exchange Clip Art Gallery

Family Builds Amazing Treehouse For Less Than $300
We’re suckers for awesome DIYs, especially ones that don’t break the bank. So, when we learned from redditor MrBuildIt you can build a treehouse for under $300, we were impressed to say the least.

How to Hang a Tire Swing
A tire swing is a simple, inexpensive, old-fashioned addition to the kids play area that even adults can enjoy. Let’s put one together. You will of course need a tree or appropriate support to hang your tire swing from.

Uses of Trees

Did You Ever Eat a Pine Tree?
The eastern Indians favored the barks from the pine family, especially that from the white pine, although the inner barks of other trees, such as black birch and slippery elm, were relished.

Forests Are for Kids: How Paper is Made
Much of the paper produced in Idaho is made from “waste” — the tree parts from logging and sawmill operations that can’t be made into lumber. Idaho Forest Products Commission.

Quick Christmas Tree Facts
Learn about the Christmas tree growing industry. Ever thought of being a Christmas tree farmer?


What Comes From Trees?
Click all the items that are made from trees (all or in part). Think really hard… you might be surprised!

Weird Things About Trees

Bristlecone Pine by Ann Zeise. Copyrighted. Parts of a tree that doesn't entirely die! Parts live on.

Bristlecone pine on Pike’s Peak, CO
Parts of a tree that doesn’t entirely die!
Parts live on.
Copyrighted by Ann Zeise

Drive-thru Trees
Did you know that in California there are trees so big that you can drive a car or even a camper right through a tunnel carved in the base? It’s true! I’ve been through several. Useful for parting tourists from their loose change!

How trees talk to each other
Forests aren’t simply collections of trees, they’re complex systems with hubs and networks that overlap and connect trees and allow them to communicate, and they provide avenues for feedbacks and adaptation, and this makes the forest resilient. A TED talk,with video and transcript. By Suzanne Simard.


Oldest Living Tree Found in Sweden
The visible portion of the 13-foot-tall (4-meter-tall) “Christmas tree” isn’t ancient, but its root system has been growing for 9,550 years. The tree’s incredible longevity is largely due to its ability to clone itself.

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