BEFORE YOU GO
– Ask students to list what they use in their everyday lives that comes from nature, specifically trees and plants. Ask them to remember and consider these uses while they are visiting the nature center.
Students explore nature in its natural habitat and gain an appreciation and understanding of the importance of preserving it.
WHAT TO WONDER
Ask: What makes these plants unique? Why are they able to survive and thrive in this specific environment? What do these plants provide for people and other plant and animal species?
Describe what you see, hear, and smell. How does it feel to stand amidst nature in its natural habitat?
Observe the unique characteristics of different plants.
Opinion: Should humans make efforts to preserve nature? If so, what is the best way to preserve it?
Compare two plant species you observed at the center. What do they look like? What are their capabilities? What do they contribute to the environment?
Challenge: Brainstorm ways that students can preserve nature.