Weekly Challenge for #EnviroEd # 59: Trees, The Guardians of the Schoolyard

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Epiphanies in Environmental Education

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Many of us are lucky enough to be in schools with trees in the playground. Each ring within the trunk could speak to hundreds of recesses and discussions.

Many students may not think much about the trees within their schoolyard on a regular basis unless they are doing a tree inquiry project or have “adopted a tree” as a class. They have provided shade for students reading comic books, novels, Kindles and more. They have been “home free zones”, fortresses and when the teachers on duty are looking the other way – even jungle gyms likely.

Now, imagine they could share those stories. If those trees could speak to discussions on the playground over generations. Wouldn’t it be great to hear the stories they could tell? What lessons could we learn from those trees? In 2014 the movie Guardians of the Galaxy came out and one of the main characters, Groot, was…

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