Watershed Ed, Trees and MWEEs (Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences) Using i-Tree Design

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This presentation shows studying trees can contribute to meaningful watershed educational experiences. Using the i-Tree Design, a free, online tool to make simple estimations of benefits that trees provide: CO2 mitigation, air quality effects, stormwater interception, plus evaluating tree effects on a nearby building's energy use. Ideas are given for STEM and service learning extensions

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  • ObservationCatalyst for Design and StewardshipEnglish/Spanish StudentsMixed AbilitiesReplicable for all ClassesSOLsQualitativeQuantitativeCommunity PartnersLow Cost
  • Watershed Ed, Trees and MWEEs (Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences) Using i-Tree Design

    1. 1. Watershed Ed: Trees and MWEEs* Using i-Tree Design in Schools Mary Van Dyke Urban Forestry Roundtable 2014 *Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences
    2. 2. My Story
    3. 3. • History • What is a MWEE? • Community Partners and Logistics • Day 1 – Build Relationships • Day 2 – Our Tree and i-Tree • Day 3 – Trees in the Ecosystem • Stewardship and STEM Extensions • Resources: http://goo.gl/GuX5f Trees and MWEEs
    4. 4. • Jeff Kirwan • Project Learning Tree • i-Tree History
    5. 5. • Investigative or project oriented • Richly structured and based on high-quality instructional design • Integral part of the instructional program • Part of a sustained activity • Consider watershed as a system • Involve external sharing and communication • Enhanced by natural resources personnel, community partners • For all students
    6. 6. Costs and Materials Minimal Investment • Tree ID books • Tapes • Cameras • Computers Class Time • 3 Sessions for Initial Study When • Late March to October
    7. 7. • Introduce Community Partners • My Favorite Tree • Goods From the Woods • Tree Biology
    8. 8. By Rudy Wendelin, Courtesy of US Forest Service
    9. 9. • Choose and Identify a Tree • Tree Health Assessment • Use i-Tree Design http://www.itreetools.org/design.php • Monetize the Tree’s Ecosystem Services
    10. 10. o Stormwater Runoff Reduction o Energy Consumption o Air Quality o CO2 Sequestration o Wildlife Habitat Value o Social Value o Property Value o Timber Value
    11. 11. 1. Where are you? Type in your street address i-Tree Design in 4 Easy Steps 2. Draw the outline of building of interest (house, school etc) Add approx. building date i-Tree Design is a free online tool at www.itreetools.org/design.
    12. 12. 3. Add in your tree’s data: - Species - Circumference or diameter - Health condition - Exposure to sunlight Place your tree on the map Repeat with other trees 4. Estimate current and future tree benefits i-Tree Design in 4 Easy Steps
    13. 13. e.g. Dissolved Oxygen Project, at Gunston Middle School Gunston Middle School 2700 S Lang Street Arlington 22207 Tree Benefits calculated using i-Tree Design Tree # Species Circumference at Breast Height, inches Condition Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor , Dead or Dying $$ Overall Annual Benefit calculated by i-Tree Design 1 Cherry Tree, Kwanzaan 34 Poor $7.80 2 Loblolly Pine on bank 64 Good $61.30 3 White Pine on median 49 Excellent $37.44 4 Oak #1 73 Fair $74.29 6th Grade Team at Gunston Middle School
    14. 14. Cherry, Kwanzan Cherry, Kwanzan Pine, Eastern White Pine, Eastern White Condition Poor Excellent Excellent Excellent Circumference 34” 34” 34” 49” Diameter 10.8” 10.8” 10.8” 15.6” Total Benefits $ 7.80 $ 13.12 $ 18.55 $ 37.44 Stormwater Intercepted 525 gallons 807 gallons 1232 gallons 2582 gallons CO2 reduction 115 pounds 230 pounds 213 pounds 399 pounds 6th Grade Team at Gunston Middle School
    15. 15. • Appreciation • Design • Stewardship
    16. 16. http://bcove.me/knbdlll8
    17. 17. Animation of tree growth
    18. 18. Use i-Tree Design to Assess Impact Value for 1-99 years • Project Goal includes: Plant 15 Trees along a Potomac Stream Buffer • Impact Value: $200,000+ benefits over next 99 years • Huge impact, low cost e.g. Dissolved Oxygen Project at George Washington Middle School
    19. 19. Use i-Tree Design to Budget and Market e.g. Dissolved Oxygen Project at George Washington Middle School
    20. 20. http://goo.gl/GuX5f Includes Gunston Middle School Project: Planning Documents and Spanish/English Worksheets http://goo.gl/qNsr5a
    21. 21. Mary Van Dyke maryvandyke4@gmail.com
    22. 22. • Arlington Public Schools • Gunston Middle School • Arlington Traditional School • Tuckahoe Elementary School • Alexandria Public Schools • George Washington Middle School • Virginia Cooperative Extension • 4-H • Master Gardeners • Arlington Regional Master Naturalists • Tree Stewards Arlington Alexandria • Arlington County • Casey Trees • Earth Force • i-Tree

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