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Tree Mechanics

  • Wednesday, October 04, 2017
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm

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. In addition, we will learn how to identify several common N.C. trees.

Location: This class takes place at Pullen Park in Raleigh.

Registration information: Online Registration

For more information contact Missy Chernick, Head of Scheduling, at 919.707.8860.



  • Fee: Fee: $10 per participant; $7.50 Friends Members (plus tax)
  • Requirements: Minimum age 10. One parent must accompany child(ren).
  • Cancellation Notice: Refunds only issued if the Museum cancels the program.
  • Program Instructor: Bob Alderink
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October 4, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fee: $10 per participant; $7.50 Friends Members (plus tax)


In the Field

Pullen Park


Missy Chernick