Sunday, November 16, 2008

Outdoor Hour Challenge #38-Chesnut Tree

We did our nature study last Friday, but I'm just not getting around to writing it up. We were lucky enough to have a real chesnut tree close by our apartment!

A real treat for around here because most of them have been affected by chesnut blight, a disease which affects the bark. Princess and I discussed the disease and what it meant for the chesnut population. Unfortunately from the looks of it, this tree may not last much longer.

We had already looked at the seed pods and seeds earlier in the year. We even ate some that had been roasted in the oven one night! But this week, we were only able to study the remnants of the seed pods and seeds.

We also did bark and leaf rubbings of the tree. We discussed how the leaves looked alot like the leaves of a chesnut oak. Then we headed instead to complete our journal entries.

I'm so glad that we had a chance to complete this nature study. Please check out this study and others at Barb's Handbook for Nature blog. It's been a great experience for us and I'm sure that you will enjoy all she has to offer there!

1 comment:

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

I real chestnut tree! I have never seen chestnuts in real life before so this was a treat. Too sad about the disease!

Thanks for sharing your nature study and your journals.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom