If you haven’t already noticed, school is back in full swing. Your kids are grabbing their notebooks and pencils and sitting back in the classroom. But it’s still summertime! So how can they learn but spend time outside and enjoy the weather before it starts getting cold? The Parke Company is always encouraging Nashvillians to get out and enjoy the trees and landscape of Middle Tennessee. We have a beautiful state, so it’s important to take advantage of it.
So whether you’re a teacher and want to get the classroom outside or you’re a parent and your children need to expel some energy outside, there are many ways they can learn by using the trees and landscape the Parke Company cares for everyday.
Here are just a few creative ways:
Learn about photosynthesis
It’s almost fall, y’all! Take this opportunity to teach the kids about how photosynthesis works and why the leaves change color in the fall. The days are getting shorter, the leaves will begin to drop to the ground, so what better time than now to learn a little science? Start now while the leaves are at their greenest and follow the branches and their leaves as they begin to turn throughout the upcoming months.
Use plants to identify types of trees
This is another great way to get people outside and looking at the trees around them. Use the leaves as a tool to identify the different kinds of native trees in our area. Examine the branches and the trunk, too. Better yet, have one of Parke’s certified arborists come out and show you different types of trees, how to tell if they’re healthy and what to do if they’re not.
Study Nashville’s historical trees
If you’re not much of a science nut but you love history, you can still utilize trees around the area to learn. Nashville is rich with history and it goes all the way to some of our oldest trees. We have the Witness Tree (among many others) and even some of the old trees in historic parks like Percy Warner. Speak with an arborist about different historic trees around Middle Tennessee and check them out! You never know what history you might learn!
Plein air painting
This activity is great for those who love to be outdoors but also love art and painting! Take a class or bring your supplies out to your backyard and paint some of the Nashville landscape. It’s a great way to bring your artistic talents to the table while enjoying our ecosystem.
There is so much to learn outside. Don’t let a schoolroom stand in the way. Want to learn more about trees and tree care? One the Parke Company’s arborists can help guide you in the right direction. If you need tree care services or any landscape or yard maintenance needs, we can take care of that too. Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.