Outdoor Education Program

Lesson 11: Early Years Tree ID

Lesson Focus and Goals: Get your class outside exploring trees in the neighbourhood! Students will learn how to identify and make connections to these plant relatives. They will then create an art piece to display their intricate beauty! Students will also tally the tree types in their neighbourhoods and share their findings with their classmates.

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Materials Needed:

  • Pencil
  • Notebook/clipboard and paper
  • Leaves/needles
  • Crayons (optional)
  • Washable markers (optional)
  • Magnifying glass/binoculars (optional)
  • Tree ID worksheet

Grade Level — Early Years:

  • Students investigate natural elements and living things in a local ecosystem
  • Students record qualitative and quantitative data
  • Students will be able to use scientific vocabulary to describe natural observations
Social Studies
  • Indigenous teachings and worldviews


After watching the tree identification video, find a tree in your neighbourhood or nearby park that you feel connected to. Take a few moments to sit with the tree. How do you feel? What drew you to this particular tree? How would you describe the tree? Try to identify the tree.


Take a leaf or needles from your chosen tree to create a print . Continue to move through your neighbourhood or park. Create a tally sheet of the trees that you find. How many of each tree can you find? Where are they located?


Share your art print with your peers and your experience with the tree! Notice which trees and prints your classmates share. What do their prints look like? What were their experiences like? You can also share your tally sheet with your class and create a compilation of the different types of trees found!

Optional Extension:

Return to your special neighbourhood tree on a regular basis to see how it changes and grows throughout the year!


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