- I thought for my independent study project for this semester, I would talk about my trip through Northern California over spring break. I got to visit a few different areas and I thought it would be a good experience to share with my classroom when we got into ecology. Unfortunately, the school site I am at now already did their ecology unit.
- Our first stop is on the road to clear lake. It is off the 20 about an hour north of Sacramento. Very large lake. This stop I believe was bear creek.
- The Grandfather Tree in the California redwoods. Sign reads 1800 years old, 265 feet tall with a 24 foot diameter.
- Shrine Cathedral Tree - this is where multiple trees are growing together due to lack of space for the trees.
- Natural trail through the redwoods by Humboldt Redwoods state park. You can see the amount of trees growing so close together. You can also see Burls - growths on the sides of the trees.
- More trees, there was a lot of fire damage throughout the trail. Students can discuss what natural protection the trees have against forest fires.
- Fallen tree in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Students can talk about what happens around a fallen tree. New growths, different plants.
- The roots are twice the size of my, around 12 feet in diameter
- My perspective of the trees
- Avenue of the Giants
- The California Coast, Coastal Forests. Different look to the oceans than what students would see in San Diego county.
- The look back on Morro bay, moving into the Mediterranean ecoregions. Students can have a discussion on why the climates are similar to the Mediterranean regions Europe.
Independent Study - Spring 2015
Trip through Northern California's different ecosystems
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