Here are a few things I am and will continue teaching my kiddos about trees in the winter.
- The trees are not dead. They are dormant; similar to animals hibernating in the winter.
- Try scrapping off a little of the bark with your fingernail. See the green beneath?
It is best to do this on young branches of small trees.
- Why are they dormant? There is generally no available water and not as much light in the winter (days are shorter), so trees stop growing and metabolism or energy consumption slows down. (Source)
- Talk to your kids about what happens to water in the winter: it turns to ice and snow.
- Evergreens or conifers stay green all year round. Although they are generally dormant in the winter, they can grow when water is available. (Source)
- How many different kinds of conifer leaves can you find? They are designed to minimize water loose.
Did you know some broadleaf trees are evergreen too?
- Trees will come back.
- When the weather warms, trees will re-sprout leaves and begin to grow again.
- Winter is a great time to spot animal nests. How many can you all find?
Remember that nests are generally high up in trees. Thus the reason for small pictures. Sorry
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