Students will learn about the importance of large-scale forest landscapes and the impacts of deforestation and reforestation with a focus on global climate change. By taking a tour through the Sichuan Province in China, students will see the affects deforestation causes and learn how this area is striving to regain its’ forests by launching an extensive reforestation project. Focus will be given to the carbon cycle and the ways in which forests decrease carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, thereby minimizing climate change, and improve air quality. This lesson will also cover the ways in which deforestation and forest restoration affect wildlife.
Students will learn how trees are an essential part of our lives with a focus on the role they play in urban areas, including energy considerations. They will be introduced to the threats posed to trees, including non-native insects, domestic animal waste, and erosion. Students then evaluate the potential impact of local tree conservation efforts and design a plan for their community.
Students use an interactive with Google Earth to identify forests that have been logged selectively with those that have not. For an outdoor activity, students create a comprehensive list of all the tree species in their study area.