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Twigs and Buds

A photo of twigs and buds as part of an outdoor education lesson

Many of the trees we encounter in the winter may look dead without their leaves, but they are actually preparing for the growing season to come. At first glance, deciduous trees might all look alike without their leaves. Upon closer examination, however, leafless winter trees are all very different and beautiful. Students have spent time this month looking closely at various winter twigs, observing the position, size, shape, and texture of the buds and leaf scars. They were able to identify some common trees based on their buds and predict what will happen in a few months when the buds begin to break. They will visit their tree friends again in the spring to check their answers.