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student showing cyanotype

We approach tree studies from many angles in our Outdoor Education Program. Younger students adopt a specific tree in the park and observe its changes through the seasons. Older students study forest biology in more depth. Students at all grade levels do a great deal of observation and sketching, but we also play games, read stories, and do arts and crafts to help students learn about and appreciate the beauty of trees and their leaves.  Most recently, students made cyanotypes, cyan-blue prints produced using the sun's rays. This photographic process dates back to 1842 and was a popular method of documenting plant life during Victorian times. Our students loved spending a sunny day in Forest Hill Park documenting the variety of leaves in the area.

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Students incorporate a variety of subjects into their outdoor education. This student is working on her artistic skills by creating a cyanotype out of leaves that she found in Forest Hill Park.