- Measure the girth (circumference) of the first tree at 4.5 feet from the ground. Record in inches.
- Note any evidence of human interactions on the shape or condition of the tree.
- List the value of the tree to the school--economic, aesthetic, and ecological.
- Locate next tree on the map and repeat steps 1-3.
Sample Survey Key
||Value to School
||planted, pruned, mulched
||Planted for ornament. Winter birds roost in branches, Kindergarten hangs handmade bird feeders upon it.
||Provides needed shade in playground around roots.
||barbed wire buried in bark, lawn mower scars at base
||History embedded in tree.
Blank Tree Survey Form
Sample Tree Key
Use succinct adjectives to communicate the most important features of the tree. Remember, you are conducting a social study. Your goal is to describe the value of the tree to humans. The science class can classify them.
||Tall, young, spindly oak, not very attractive but may be in future.
||Magnificent, ancient oak, probably planted by the first family to build a home on this site.
||A young pine forest, great place to play in the pine needles.
||Provides shade to the music room.
||Has a broken limb that could fall on playground.
||Mostly dead. Covered with cool fungus, has large hole about 15 feet off ground.
Blank Tree Key Form