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Student activity packet for Rail Trail - Exploring and Conserving

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									Exploring and Conserving the DePauw
       University Nature Park
     Name: _________________________
     Teacher:________________________




Welcome Cloverdale Fifth Grade Students!
                   Before We Begin…

Welcome to the DePauw Nature Park! We are excited that you
are here and we hope you are excited to learn about the Nature
Park. Before we begin the fun, there are a few rules you need to
know about. Many plants and animals live here and we do not
want to disrupt their home.

1. Listen to all directions from the Nature Park Instructors and
your teachers. The Nature Park is a very big place and it’s
important for your safety.

2. Walk only on the trail! This will keep you safe and keep the
plants and animals safe too.

3. Do not take any plants, animals or rocks from the Nature
Park.

4. Stay with your group members at all times.

5. Have a positive attitude! 
                      Activity Session #1
                    Led by Professor Artman
You will visit 6 stations along the trail and one animal track
station. At each station, write down what you observe and
answer any other questions at the station.

Be sure to look for signs of animals like tracks, webs, droppings,
feathers and nests (remember, don’t harm the evidence).

Station #1: What do you observe? Are there any signs of life?
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Station #2: What do you observe? If you don’t see any animals,
what type of animals would you expect to live here?
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What do these animals need to survive?
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Station #3: Write down what you observe. Be descriptive!
Write down colors and sizes and what you smell and hear.
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Station #4: Trees

Trees are very important to us. They provide us with shade,
food, and add beauty to our surroundings. They also give shelter
to many animals and insects.

Most importantly, trees provide us with oxygen. Humans
breathe in oxygen and convert it to carbon dioxide. The trees
take in the carbon dioxide and convert it back into oxygen for
use to breathe. If we didn’t have trees, the Earth would run out
of oxygen.

Can you think of anything else trees provide?
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How does cutting down trees harm the environment?
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How does the Nature Park help to preserve the environment?
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What other reasons do we have nature parks and nature
preserves (areas of the environment people cannot destroy)?
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Station #5:

Be completely silent, take deep breaths, and close your eyes for
a moment. Do you hear any signs of life? Describe them.
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Is the woods a peaceful place to be? If you said yes, why do you
think it is so peaceful?
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Station #6: Tree Rings

You’ve probably heard that you can determine how old a tree is
by counting the number of rings. Did you know that trees also
tell us about the history of a forest?

Wider tree rings show that there was a rainy season. Skinny
rings tell us that there was a drought, or that the tree couldn’t get
enough nutrients or sunlight. Look at the picture – what else can
trees tell us?
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Count the dark rings to determine the age of this tree:
Wood Picture: _____years. Dried Wood: _____ years.

Was it harder to determine the amount of rings on the dried
wood or in the picture? _______________________________
Why? _____________________________________________

**Please leave the tree ring picture at this station!
Station #7: Matching Animal Tracks
You are the detective!

Each of these mammals live in a habitat similar to the Nature
Park. Look at each animal’s tracks and match them to the
animal! There is information about each animal on the following
pages.

Striped Skunk                A. _____________________

White-tailed deer            B. ______________________

Red Fox                      C. ______________________

Beaver                       D. ______________________

Raccoon                      E. _______________________


Which animals usually have larger tracks- carnivores (meat
eaters) or herbivores (plant eaters)?
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Why do think these animals have larger tracks?
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What do you think would happen if you compact the topsoil by
walking off the forest trails?_____________________________
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We are going to find out by testing how easily water sinks into
soil. We will do the activity together, but a good scientist must
record all the details, so write down the measurements as we go!

Location              Description of        Time for the water
                      site/soil             to percolate (sink
                                            into) the soil




At which site did the water sink the fastest? ________________
Why do you think this happened?
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When water can sink fast, it shows us that there is room in the
soil for water to sink down and for roots to grow in the soil. If
we walk on the soil, we compact it and then it is harder for
flowers, trees and shrubs to grow because the soil is harder.

           Remember, all soil is not the same!
               Station #2: Seedling Game
What did you learn from the seedling game?
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Name at least three things that can keep seedlings from growing.

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2.__________________________________________________

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Notes:




         Come back to the DePauw
         Nature Park soon!

								
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