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University of Guelph Arboretum, Educating Thousands of Students about Trees

The Guelph area has a surprising diversity of tree species, and the Arboretum at the University of Guelph has just the thing to help schoolchildren identify them.

The Arboretum is producing hundreds of “Native Tree Leaves” sheets for distribution to more than 3,000 local Grade 6 students, and is working with the Upper Grand District School Board and the Wellington Catholic District School Board on ways to incorporate the resource into everyday learning.

The Arboretum generally shares its knowledge of trees with kids when school groups visit the expansive, park-like botanical garden on the U of G campus. But director Justine Richardson said with COVID-19 physical distancing measures in place, and with learning from home becoming the norm during the pandemic, the Arboretum is taking a different approach to sharing tree knowledge.

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Monday, June 22, 2020