Signs of Change: Studying Tree Rings

In this hands-on activity, students will learn about dendrochronology (the study of tree rings to understand ecological conditions in the recent past) and come up with conclusions as to what possible climatic conditions might affect tree growth in their region. Students determine the average age of the trees in their schoolyard, investigate any years of poor growth, and draw conclusions about the reasons for those years.

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Nancy Colberg
Northern Climate Change
Activity takes about 2-3 hours. Tree disks or cores are needed and ideally one microscope.

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Very well designed and ready to use.

It would be ideal to have a least one microscope for the students to work with.

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