This resource was created by Abigail Schmid and Kate Reilly.
January is the perfect time for new outdoor adventures and a refreshed sense of learning and discovery of our natural world. Need some inspiration to get started?
Thanks to the PreK to Grade 2 students at Weston Elementary School in Manville, New Jersey for sending along words to describe their visions of a winter experience at Duke Farms:
- Peaceful and calm
- Green… but also snowy
- Cold and “brrrr” - so be active!
- Glistening, glimmering, and bright
- And most importantly - happy.
If you are still making the decision to go outside to explore, the winter world awaits your curiosity.
Have you ever observed a chopped tree or a tree cookie? What is the first thing you notice when you look at the cross-section of a tree? For some, the first thing they notice is the ring pattern within. Through careful observation and analysis, much can be learned about the tree's story through its distinctly marked layers. Generally, under the best conditions, growth rings occur throughout the tree's interior. These unique rings can give us a peek into past climate history, tree age, weather patterns, and even more - who knew?