Trees and Keys

Plant Ecology
| 4th Grade - Adult
| Half Day 3 hrs
| Moderate


Trees and Keys is an ecology class. Students will learn how to construct and use a simple dichotomous identification key. Given a map and a simplified tree and shrub key, students will travel between trees and attempt to identify them correctly. Students will learn interesting facts about every tree and shrub identified on the course. Temperate and tropical forests will be compared and students will learn about species diversity. Students will receive a tropical forest tree seed to plant to remind them of the value of maintaining biodiversity.


Upon completion of the Trees and Keys class, students will be able to:

  • Construct, understand and use a simple dichotomous key to identify up to 18 trees and shrubs around Wolf Ridge.
  • Evaluate their role in the stewardship of natural resources.
  • Appreciate the plant diversity found in the forests of Wolf Ridge.