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Adult Programs

A Changing Forest

This is a teacher professional development workshop, focused on phenology observations and forest disturbance modeling.

Content Detail

Throughout the seasons, and throughout the decades, forests change dramatically over time. Whether species dominance shifts or phenological (seasonal) timing changes, the forest of today may not resemble the forest of tomorrow. Learn more about how you can teach your students to make phenology observations and track seasonal changes with the trees in your community. You will learn how to use Nature’s Notebook to record phenology observations. A portion of the workshop will feature new forest disturbance modeling activities.

The workshop will introduce teachers to different forest disturbance models, drawing upon research from The Morton Arboretum’s forest ecology program, and as part of a new unit developed by the Learning Partnership. Teachers will receive guidance on implementing this unit, which prompts students to investigate why oaks may be shifting away from the dominant forest species in our region and how different management strategies may or may not work to mitigate these shifts in the future. All activities and content are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, and the workshop is geared towards educators of grades 6 through 12. Teachers will engage in hands-on activities throughout the workshop, with opportunities to connect with other Arboretum experts and educators.

This program meets on-site at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Education staff from The Morton Arboretum and The Learning Partnership.

Age: Educators of grades 6 through 12


Education staff from The Morton Arboretum

What to Know

Held indoors and outdoors.

Dress for the weather and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.

Be prepared to walk less than a mile on paved surfaces.

Lunch is not provided, please bring a bag lunch.

Bring a laptop computer or tablet.


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