Yost, Susan E. .
Utilizing campus trees for botanical education – creation of a labeled Campus Tree Walk.
Trees on college campuses have excellent potential as an educational resource, and this can be enhanced with tree labels and accompanying map. A Campus Tree Walk was created at Delaware State University as a component of the educational programs of the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium (DOV), Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Cooperative Extension. Labels were placed on over 80 different tree species, and a map created showing tree locations. The Campus Tree Walk is utilized in undergraduate classes and for community outreach. These include courses in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources such as Systematic Botany, Dendrology, Horticultural Plant Materials, and Ecology; as well as in other departments, for example Biology, English, and Mass Communication. Off-campus groups that use the Campus Tree Walk include master gardener classes, teacher in-service, garden clubs, nature societies, scout troops, visiting schoolchildren, and participants in the monthly Campus Nature Walks Program. Undergraduate student involvement included collection of voucher specimens for deposit in the Herbarium by Systematic Botany course students and student Herbarium trainees, as well as assistance with tree labeling. The Campus Tree Walk was created by labeling one of each of the tree species on campus, marking their locations on a campus map, and listing the trees by number to form a loop walk around campus. Each aluminum tree label measures 4” x 6”, and lists common name, scientific name, family, and region. The label is attached with screws approximately five feet high on the tree, with a spring separating the label from the tree to compensate for increase in diameter. The Campus Tree Walk, with planting of additional tree species, has the potential for development into an arboretum, thus further enriching the curriculum and outreach.
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Campus Tree Walk brochure
Claude E. Phillips Herbarium
1 - Claude E. Phillips Herbarium, Delaware State University, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1200 North Dupont Highway, Dover, Delaware, 19901, USA
Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Location: Ball Room & Party Room/SUB
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2008
Time: 12:30 PM