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NYSDEC Environmental Education


4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Artwork
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, Hudson Valley & Eastern NY, Northern NY



Trees of the Forest Preserve

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  • This one-page explainer teaches students about the varieties of trees in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountain regions.
  • Students will learn the names of the trees, identifiable qualities, such as the shapes of the leaves, and the uses for the bark and lumber.
Teaching Tips


  • The visual representations provide an easy way for students to recognize various tree species.
  • Since the one-page handout is brief, teachers can utilize the information as a stand-alone lesson.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers will need access to a color printer if they want a physical copy of the resource.
  • Vocabulary is somewhat rigorous, so teachers may wish to include a definition list or graphic organizer.
  • Students should know the features used to categorize and identify trees.


  • Art teachers can have students study the graphic and then create their own artistic studies of leaves.
  • English teachers can have students create personal narratives about their memories of trees and how trees contribute to natural settings in stories.
  • Science students can research and discuss how climate change affects native tree species.
  • Students can go on a nature hike and use a field guide like this one to identify trees in their area.
  • The class can work together to create diagrams showing the written identifiers visually. This activity may also help ELL students access the information.
Scientist Notes
The botanical descriptions of the trees on this info sheet have been cross-checked with other sources and are correct. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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