Trees Research Takes Second-Graders All Over Campus

Second-graders in Mrs. Rothschild’s class began the semester by studying the science of trees, learning about germination, seed dispersal, pollination, habitats, and the cycle of plants before embarking on a research project about trees on the Baker campus.

Students worked in small groups to survey, identify, and catalog nearly 100 trees on our campus; wrote and presented their findings to an audience of school administrators; and added to our collection by planting a few more pine trees!

[Baker parents, see the full photo gallery at Vidigami!]

Some trees could be identified easily by their leaves, while others required use of tree identification guidebooks, and a few especially tricky ones necessitated consultation with a local forester.

Findings of the exhaustive report included:

  • Baker has about 90 trees on campus, including 45 evergreens, 10 maples, 7 elms, 6 crabapples, 4 oaks, 4 chanticleer pears, 4 catalpas, 2 flowering dogwoods, and one each of honey locust, birch, gingko, and sour cherry.
  • Each tree is designated on the campus tree map by a circle with a letter inside it: EG for evergreens, M for maple, and so on.
  • One tree remains unidentified. It is on the field near the swings near the honey locust tree.
  • The biggest tree, a catalpa near the west playground basketball court, measures 80 inches in circumference! (There is an even bigger tree, a maple, that is 118 inches around, but it is on the parkway, so it is not our tree.)