Tree Activities for Kids

Adopt a Tree

Adopt a tree to study.
Adopt a tree to study.
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In this adopt-a-tree activity, your kids will choose a local tree to study and journal for a whole year. They'll discover that just like people, each tree grows and changes in its own way.

What You'll Need:

  • Notebook
  • Pen or marker
  • Camera (optional)

How to Adopt a Tree:Step 1: Pick a tree that you would like to study for one year. It should be a tree that you'll be able to visit at least once a month. Get a notebook that you can use to make a diary of the tree's life for the year.Step 2: To begin, identify what kind of tree it is. Look closely at the tree's bark, leaves, any fruits or nuts, etc. Use a camera to take a picture of the tree, or draw its picture.Step 3: For the next year, visit the tree at least once a month. Each time you visit, make notes in the diary about what is happening in the life of the tree. Can you see signs of growth? Does the tree lose its leaves in winter? Does it produce flowers, berries, seed pods, or nuts? Does the tree ever show signs of stress, such as wilting leaves from lack of rain or damage from frost? Do animals make homes in your tree? Step 4: Add a new picture of the tree each time you visit, too. At the end of the year, you'll have a complete report of your tree's life and growth.Keep reading tree activities for kids to learn how you can create a field guide to the different trees that grow in your area.

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