Sponsored by The Dale Earnhart Foundation, this was the first of five GIS environmental education workshops to be held this year in central North Carolina.
Using lesson plans as a guide, teachers learned how to create landcover data by digitally drawing the trees in their study site from an aerial photo base map of the Catawba Campus. The teachers then headed outside to perform a tree inventory, learning proper techniques for identifying trees, calculating height and trunk diameter, and determining tree health and growing conditions.
The collected field data was then entered into tree attribute tables and CITYgreen software used to run models that calculated the trees' ecological and economic benefits. Using CITYgreen's growth model, teachers "grew" the trees over a 25-year period to investigate their long-term benefits. Lesson plans help teachers and administrators bring technology into the classroom, educating students in core academic subjects and providing real-world applications for conservation and urban planning.
For information about AMERICAN FORESTS' CITYgreen environmental education program, visit: http://www.americanforests.org/productsandpubs/citygreen/school.php.
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|Title Annotation:||News from the world of Trees|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Mar 22, 2006|
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