Outdoor Hour Challenge – Hemlock Tree

Hemlock Tree Nature Study @handbookofnaturestudy

Inside Preparation Work:

  • Read in the Handbook of Nature Study pages 679-680 (Lesson 187).  At the very least, use the suggestions in #1 to complete a little closer observation of a hemlock tree in your neighborhood.
  • Look at this map to see if you have Eastern hemlock or Western hemlock in your area.
  • YouTube videos: Chickadee in an Eastern Hemlock, Eastern Hemlock,  Western Hemlock.
  • NOTE: I do not recommend or advise eating anything mentioned in this challenge.
  • Images of the Hemlock tree are included in the ebook.

Outdoor Hour Time:

  • Take your outdoor time outside looking at trees. Try to locate a hemlock tree in your neighborhood to examine from a distance and then up close.
  • Things to look at:
  1. The way the limbs droop down, note the way young hemlocks give shelter to birds and other animals.
  2. Look at the leaves and the arrangement on the twig. Also look at the color of the top and bottom of the leaves.
  3. Find the cones and note whether they are on the tip or the side of the twig.
  4. What is the color of the bark?
  • If you don’t have a hemlock tree, make a close study of another evergreen tree.
  • If you would like, your child can complete the My Tree Is A Living World challenge and notebook page.
  • Advanced Study: Complete a more complete study of the hemlock by using more of the suggestions in the Handbook of Nature Study lesson observations suggestions. Bring a cone and leaves from the hemlock indoors for closer observation.

Follow-Up Activity:

  • Use the notebook page in the ebook to record your hemlock observations. Make sure to include a sketch!
  • Advanced Study: Record in detail the leaf, cone, and seed. You can use the notebook page included in the ebook of you would like to keep it simple.

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