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Forest Ecology Kit

The Forest Ecology Kit contains activities, field guides, and samples for helping students understand the natural history and complex ecology of local forests. 

Activities:

 

 

  • Tree Identification- how to use a dichotomous key to identify commonly occurring native trees in the Rogue Valley

     

  • Drawing Succession- understanding forest succession

     

  • Succession and Habitat Diversity-how forest succession creates different habitats

     

  • Studying Succession Through Forest Exploration –by collecting data on a local forest, we can determine the forest’s successional stage

     

  • Likable Lichens & Lichen Air Quality updated! – field surveys focused on local lichen identification and lichens as air quality indicators

     

  • Forever Trees –learning about forest products

Books:

  • Discovering Nature: Ancient Forests

     

  • The Tree in the Ancient Forest

     

  • In a Nutshell

     

  • Discovering your Life-place: a First Bioregional Workbook

     

  • How the Forest Grew

     

  • Field Guide to Old-Growth Forests

     

  • Peterson’s Guide to California and Pacific Northwest Forests

     

  • Up the Tall Tree

     

  • Atlas of Oregon Wildlife

     

  • Pacific Coast Tree Finder

     

  • Jackson County Habitat Guide

Resources:

 

 

  • Teacher binder containing activities, background materials, worksheets, and additional resources

     

  • Dichotomous keys

     

  • Local lichen specimens

     

  • Forest succession photographs

     

  • Increment tree borer

     

  • Diameter tape

forest ecology lichen specimens