Harvard Forest is an ecological research area of 3,000 acres owned and managed by Harvard University and located in Petersham, Massachusetts. The property, in operation since 1907, includes one of North America’s oldest managed forests, educational and research facilities, a museum, and recreation trails.
Harvard Forest will hold three Schoolyard Ecology Summer Institute training workshops for teachers on August 22nd and 23rd. Each workshop will prepare teachers to have their students conduct real scientific research on important questions affecting forests in New England.
One of the workshops is a Buds, Leaves, and Global Warming Summer Institute for Grade 4 – 12 Teachers on August 22nd from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The Buds, Leaves, and Global Warming project allows students to monitor changes in the growing season at their Schoolyard associated with local weather and broader climate change patterns.
The primary field activity involves monitoring the timing of leaf color change and drop in the autumn and budburst and leaf emergence in the spring. Students will track these changes on branches of trees .in walking distance to your school
This 1 Day Summer Institute will prepare teachers to follow a scientific protocol lead by Forest Ecologist, Dr. John O’Keefe. Training includes all written materials and field supplies needed to get a project up and running at your school. Cost of the Institute is $50.
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