Shout 4, Challenge 4: Tree Banding


Order a tree banding kit from the Shout team and get started doing citizen science.


Join schools around the world in monitoring the growth of trees. Check out all the participating schools and their Tree Banding results on the Shout World Map App. The Tree Banding challenge is a great way to contribute vital information to a global database of student-generated findings, thereby collaborating on an important ecological study of how trees respond to climate! We require a minimum of two measurements per year: at the beginning and end of the growing season. You may, however, take as many measurements as you like … daily in fact! The more data we collect, the better! For a tree banding kit, please complete the online tree banding kit request form. Get to know the trees near you! Try to identify and research the trees that you have banded. Are the trees you've identified native or non-native? Take some photos, and with crayon and paper, make a rubbing of its leaves or bark. Do the other trees you've banded have similar leaves and bark? Add to or use Bing Maps to mark the trees on an aerial map. Deepen the detail of your map by adding notes about each type of tree, such as whether or not it is native to the local environment. Post a link to your Bing Map and upload your pictures and descriptions of the leaves and trees to the Shout 4 Sustain folder.

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