Trees are magnificent examples of nature’s engineering. These giants of the plant kingdom pump massive amounts of water to dizzying heights, and stand up to hurricane-force winds. At the same time they manage to feed themselves, provide homes for a multitude of organisms, and produce oxygen for our planet. In this class we study the strategies different tree species use to survive. We will learn the all important role of the cambium layer in creating the tree’s trunk and the function of xylem and phloem cells. We will also identify several NC tree species and core a tree to obtain a ring sample.
Family Science Investigations programs offer families an opportunity to participate together in monthly science classes related to Museum research, including topics in ecology, paleontology, geology and biology. These classes are especially useful for homeschoolers looking for additional reinforcement to curriculum goals, or any family group that simply enjoys learning together!
Program Instructor: Bob Alderink and Colin Brammer, Coordinators for Natural World investigate Lab.
Registration information: Fill out online, print and mail the Museum’s Registration Form  with payment.
For more information contact Debbie Huston , scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.