Last week we headed back up to TA with our snowshoes loaned from Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Instead of sticking to the area around the school (elevation: ~7,400 feet) with piñon and juniper, we headed up Highway 64 to an elevation around 10,000 feet where we could explore some new species of trees.
After some important unstructured time for our students to explore, we discussed the environment around us. How is this different from the area around school? What trees are here?
Our goal for the day was to collect some scientific data on trees. We introduced the word silviculture. Our students had recently discussed π and how to use it to calculate circumference from diameter.
We ended up getting tree diameter samples from Douglas fir, aspen, and spruce trees. What a great, practical way to do calculations with π and apply math and science to a real life scenario!