This November, the Land Labs team worked with Mountainview Middle School seventh graders and Catalyst Public School’s fifth grade class to explore the concept of Climate Resilient Forests in Puget Sound. In the field, students learned how to measure forest biodiversity at North Kitsap Heritage Park by identifying tree species and forest layers, and measuring tree diameter.
Later in the day at GPC’s Grovers Creek Preserve, students learned about different forest management methods for climate resilience. Students had the opportunity to remove invasive scotch broom, girdle a tree to create a snag to support wildlife, examine a habitat pile for signs of wildlife use, and plant native trees. The students discussed these methods of managing climate resilient forests and how they can participate in their local communities as a part of this process.
See photos below of the field experiences: