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Year of the Tree

Year of Tree at North Carolina State Parks

Year of the Tree

Take Root and Grow with NC State Parks


Every year, North Carolina State Parks has celebrated an annual theme in all of our state parks. Programs, festivals, and events throughout the state support the annual theme.

The Interpretive and Education Council, a diverse group of park staff members from across the state, selects the theme each year based on suggestions and nominations.

A unique collectible bandana for the annual theme is available for sale at the park webstore or at each park office and visitor center.

Below are some resources for park staff and educators to tie in to the 2022 annual theme.

 

Interpretive programs

 Tree Life Cycles in a Forest

 Need for Trees

 Plants: Life Support for Native Americans

 Northside OWL – Looking at Leaves

 Building a Biltmore Stick

 Using a Biltmore Stick

 Leaf Change

 Measuring Diameter Using a Diameter Tape (Woodland Stewardship YouTube video)

 Diameter Tapes 101 (The Perfect Measuring Tape Company)

 Measuring Trees Lesson (Washington State University Extension)

 Forestry videos (N.C. Cooperative Extension)

 

 

Field resources

 Common Forest Trees of North Carolina booklet

 Common Types of Fruits and Seeds (Texas A&M Forestry website)

 NC Tree Identification (N.C. Cooperative Extension website)

 What Tree Is That? (Arbor Day Foundation website)

 

Other resources

 N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Professional Development Workshop: "Trees to Meet You"

 Clean Water Grows on Trees poster

 Benefits of State and Private Forest Lands for the South (ARCGIS website)

 Forests to Faucets 2.0: Connecting Forests, Water and Communities (ARCGIS website)

 Project Learning Tree website

 Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants (N.C. Cooperative Extension website)

 State Parks, State Forests and Game Lands information sheet

 How are state forests different from state parks? (N.C. Forest Service website)

 Forestry Best Management Practices Manual (N.C. Forest Service website)

 Fall Foliage Prediction Map (Smoky Mountains website)

 Fall Colors of Your National Forests (U.S. Forest Service website)

 Did You Know Fall Color Begins in the Spring? (U.S. Forest Service website)

 Why do leaves change color in the fall? (U.S. Forest Service website)

 Changes in Trees: Tree Phrenology (Kids in Parks website)

 NC State Dendrology – Dr. Steph Jeffries – YouTube channel

 NC State Dendrology – Forest Types of North Carolina – YouTube playlist

 NC State Dendrology –Tree identification – YouTube playlist

A bug's point of view up a longleaf tree on its "rocket stage." Photo by J. Shimel at Carolina Beach State Park.

A bug's point of view up a longleaf pine tree on its "rocket stage"
Photo by J. Shimel at Carolina Beach State Park

 


 

A tree's vast root system. Photo by J. Davidson at Raven Rock State Park.

A tree's vast root system
Photo by J. Davidson at Raven Rock State Park

 


 

Leaves in fall color on a chestnut oak. Photo by D. Cook at Hanging Rock State Park.

Leaves in fall color on a chestnut oak
Photo by D. Cook at Hanging Rock State Park

 


 

A pine seedling. Photo by J. Shimel at New River State Park.

A pine seedling
Photo by J. Shimel at New River State Park

 

Park videos