Natural Cities: Urban Forest Ecology Challenge

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Description: This interactive lesson plan encourages a field trip to forests and asks students to think about how urban forests affect their city. Students are given a complex hypothetical scenario to work through. The lesson provides background information regarding what forests are, their different components and how the removal of some species can disrupt the balance. Forests resources are also described, including fruits, nuts, syrup, cork, and lumber. Goals of the lesson plan include:
  • Helping students understand the dynamics of old growth forests.
  • Helping students understand how local forests have changed over time through historical research and field trips.
  • Having students propose solutions and understand how and why forest ecology is important for many reasons, including in the urban environment.
Author/Producer: The Nature Conservancy and the New York Botanical Garden
Topic Areas Covered: Forest products, trees, forest ecology, urban forests, biodiversity
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
For Grade Levels: Middle schoolers
Publication Date: September 2013
Length: 12 pages
Cost: Free
Is It Available For Loan? No
Is Training Necessary? No
Language: English
Educational or Informational: Educational
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Geographic Location: Areas containing temperate deciduous forests
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Author/Producer Contact: New York Botanical Garden,
Address: 2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: (718) 817-8700
Email: Email Form

Our Message & Evaluation Criteria

  • Everything is made from natural resources and natural resources must come from somewhere.
  • The gathering and processing of all natural resources have environmental impacts.
  • Responsible production and use of wood - a renewable resource - is environmentally sound.

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