A Tree’s Life
Trees are magnificent examples of nature’s engineering. These giants of the plant kingdom pump massive amounts of water to dizzying heights, mount defensive attacks against armies of insects, 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: weather severe winds, pump water to their leaves, and disperse seeds. 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 core trees to obtain samples which record the effects of local climate and competition.
Program Instructor: Bob Alderink, Coordinator 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.