Plant Succession Observations

From weeds to trees, see how Mother Nature takes back her land with plant succession observations.

What You'll Need:

  • A field that is in transition
  • Notebook
  • Pen

If you have a lawn, you know that somebody has to mow it all summer long. (Maybe it's you!)

Did you ever wonder what would happen if the lawn didn't get mowed? Other plants might start growing in and around the grass.

After that, small bushes and shrubs would begin to grow. If you live in an area where there are woods, trees would eventually grow.

This process is called plant succession. In some areas, you can see plant succession happening in nature.

Look for land that was once farmland or pasture that has been abandoned.

Once you've found a piece of land to study, check on it several times throughout the year.

Keep a journal and take notes on the land's progress. Nature will gradually reclaim this land, covering it with native plants, shrubs, and trees.

Now get ready to hit the books with the next plant activity in science projects for kids: classifying plants.

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