Outdoor Hour Challenge
Inside Preparation Work:
- Read pages 651-655 (Lesson #179) in the Handbook of Nature Study. We have used this lesson before to study the twigs and catkins of the willow (see this challenge: Buds, Catkins, and Blossoms). During your summer study, focus on the tree shape and the leaves of the tree.
- Links to various willows you may have in your area: Weeping willow, Pussy willow, yellow willow, sandbar willow, or black willow.
- Note the instructions in this HNS lesson for rooting a twig of the willow tree. Here are some more detailed instructions for growing a willow twig: How to Grow Weeping Willows from Cuttings.
- No willows? Complete a summer tree study for any tree you found during your outdoor time.
- Advanced study: Learn about willow basketry: https://youtu.be/Pa50Ag_bv6w
Outdoor Hour Time:
- Before leaving the house, talk about where you might find a willow tree in your neighborhood. You might try at a pond or stream where the water loving willow can be found. Collect a leaf to press for you nature journal page if possible. Create a nature journal for your willow tree using the page included in the ebook.
- Look for trees with the willow shape, noting how most trees have limbs that reach upward but the willow tree has limbs that bend towards the ground.
- Create a willow nature journal by sketching the shape of the tree on your page. Add some detailed drawings of the leaf, the pussy (if present), the flower, and/or the catkins. There are two notebook pages in the ebook for you to use.
- Advanced study: Use this page USDA Willows to find two different willows to compare that are found in your local area. Use the accompanying notebook page to record your notes.
- Advanced study: Research the Willow Bio Mass Fuel Project.
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