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Finding Common Ground Curriculum
Connections: Modules 1, 2, 3 and 6

Take a walk in this virtual Virginia forest and do field research using the same scientific methodologies and tools that Smithsonian scientists use to monitor forest biodiversity!


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Dirt Detective: Trees & Soils Walk
Do trees have preferences? Predict what trees will thrive in particular soils and pH levels. Grab your pH kit and dig in!
 
Forest Layers Walk
What lives in the tallest tree or under a rotting log? A temperate forest is a layered home - you need to look up, down, and all around to see the residents! Look, listen, and take a biologicalinventory of forest plants and animals.


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I.D. a Tree Walk
How can I identify a tree? Observe leaves, branches, and fruit and use a dichotomous key to identify a tree from its parts.

 
Observing Seasonal Changes Walk
Do forest organisms shut down, stick it out, take off, or snooze to deal with cold winters? Use some cool tools to observe and record seasonal changes and the process of growth in the forest.

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Mapping Forest Change Walk
How can maps help us identify forest change? Compare scatter graph data to examine the impact of a non-native, invasive insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid, on a population of eastern hemlocks.

 
Using Amphibians as Indicators Walk
Could converting aforest to other uses effect frogs? Investigate what might happen if all of the trees in our forest plot were cut down. Listen to a "frog logger" and take water samples to collect baseline data.

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