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 Woolly Bully and the Hemlock Trees Summer Institute for Grades 4 – 12 Teachers on August 22nd from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The Woolly Bully and Hemlock Trees project allows students to investigate how a tiny insect is affecting one of our region’s important tree species.
The primary field activity involves monitoring hemlock trees for the presence of white “woolly” balls on branches of trees in walking distance to your school. These woolly balls are actually egg sacs of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and help us to confirm the presence of this insect. Students will also track the health of the hemlock trees over time to help us get a sense of which hemlocks will remain intact and which are beginning to transition to other tree species.
This 1-Day Summer Institute will prepare teachers to follow a scientific protocol led by professional ecologist, David Orwig. Training includes all written materials and field supplies needed to get a project up and running at your school. Cost of the workshop is $50 including all materials.
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