“Going to the Woods, is going Home”
~ John Muir
Ready, Set, Go!
EcoEdu team take ILM students Back to Nature.
The EcoEdu team did just that! Dr.M.B.Krishna, Dr.Mamlakatoi passionate botanists and tree lovers and Vidisha, a naturalist, from the EcoEdu team, conducted the nature walk in Lalbagh Botanical Garden.
The fifteen students armed with their sketchbooks and artists pencils, followed the guides along a predetermined trail that went around the gorgeous Lalbagh lake.
The EcoEdu team enticed the children with the incredibly beautiful trees around them. The guides showed the children, the manner in which, they could take impressions of barks and leaves. (On a personal note, I was reminded how as a child I would take coins and put a paper and scratch the pencil hard over it to get an impression :))
The guides continued to share in spades (pun intended!) trivia about seeds, pods, trees, flowers, leaves, birds, butterflies, bees and wasps.
Trees, trees and more trees
Did you know that the Lalbagh holds the oldest chickoo tree in Bangalore and it still bears chickoo fruit?
An awe-inspiring sight was the 200 hundred year old Giant White Silk Cotton Tree. We asked the children how would you describe it, they were enthusiastically,
The children were specially pleased to learn that the Cyprus trees, a primitive family of plants have been living on the Earth for hundreds of millions of years. That’s when the dinosaurs ruled the planet!
As the children sat around a tree inflicted with termite, that’s when the highlight of the trip came for me. It was the captiviating explanation that one of our guides, Vidisha, related about how termites built their homes. That they use their saliva to make a single grain of sand sticky and then repeat the process over and over again with each grain of sand to paste it all over the tree. The effort involved is just phenomenal. It has to be seen to believed!
The children’s mission. Should they choose to accept it.
- Studying various aspects of a single tree
- The origin of the tree
- The type of seed, cotoliden or di-cotoliden
- The kind of leaf (simple or compound)
- The margins of the leaf
- The venetian of the leaf
- The inflorescence of the tree
- The texture of the bark
So Long, Farewell…
At last, our time had come to thank our guides and say goodbye. We clicked the customary group picture, thanked them profusely and were off back to our special ILM Montessori.
Ofcourse, the excitement continued to the next day as well. The Eco Edu team recommended that we show a documentary to the children called The Queen of Trees. A fascinating documentary of an African fig tree and the special relationship it has with the animals who depend on it. We recommend parents and blog readers to watch it too.
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