DNR Education News

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Issue Number 11 - October 2013

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Leave it to Fall

The colors are amazing this time of year and we have leaves to thank for that! But they fade fast so head outside and enjoy the show at our state forests, state parks, scientific and natural areas, wildlife management areas and more.

Ever wonder what fall was like back in the “olden days”? Read this historic account from 1943 by Dr. Walter J. Breckenridge. Additional historic views can be found in past issues of the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine.

Before you head out try these quick and fun identification quizzes on maples, oaks and their acorns. Want to learn more? Here are a wealth of resources covering native trees and shrubs.

If you are a teacher, forestry staff are presenting at the Education Minnesota Conference on October 17. Project Learning Tree will demonstrate some popular activities on trees and forests. The School Forest Program will share techniques for teaching students outdoors.  Stop by our DNR education programs booth too and say hi.

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FEATURED RESOURCE

The SEA-cret School Forest is Minnesota’s newest School Forest. The 1.6 acres of woods is located in a densely population neighborhood in Golden Valley, and will be used by the Robbinsdale School of Engineering and Arts (SEA). Plans are being made to manage buckthorn and improve the trails. The teachers will use the site to teach math, science, engineering, and language arts concepts.

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GET KIDS OUTDOORS TIP

Create a memory of a great fall day. Head outside and collect or find as many colorful leaves as you can. Do leaf rubbings with crayons and paper right in the woods. To capture their intricate designs, paint one side of a leaf and press onto paper or cloth, or press a clean leaf into clay. Flatten and dry leaves between newspaper and book pages. Later admire them, glue then into a picture, or make a mobile. The ideas are endless. Here are more fun tree related family activities. Don’t forget to make a leaf pile and jump in too!

 

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NATURE NOTE

Why do leaves change color?

Autumn’s falling temperatures and decreasing daylight cues deciduous trees to shut down the food-making chloroplasts in leaf cells. When food production stops, the green chloroplasts become less vibrant and other colorful pigments begin to show. Warm, wet springs, followed by a summer of adequate moisture, followed by warm fall days with cool nights, seems to bring on the best colors. Get current fall color updates in Minnesota, and learn more details about trees.

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For additional information on DNR education programs and resources, or to sign up for this newsletter, visit www.mndnr.gov/education

Also visit www.seek.state.mn.us.

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