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An independent study project report by The Walter W. Root Memorial Endowed Arborist Intern (2012-2013)


This project seeks to educate and inspire wonder in the hearts and minds of the public for the biological practices of ‘our tall brothers,’ through the display and interpretation of prepared anatomical samples extracted from removed trees at the Arboretum. Included samples were selected for visual appeal, clearness of anatomical features, and illustrative character. Each sample was removed and shaped by a chainsaw. The internal surfaces were brought into focus with a planer and/or belt sander, and finished, if applicable, with shellac. Each sample was selected and prepared to help illustrate concepts about tree anatomy and physiology.

As a whole, these concepts serve as a fundamental basis of knowledge that enables one to ‘read the cookie’ as it were. By understanding these concepts we can begin to see the internal history of trees; we can know their struggles and understand the forces that shaped them.

As a product, this project is a tool intended for use in various educational scenarios. The samples can be displayed on their own, or used supplementally, for illustrative purposes, for any of our educational or outreach programs. Most likely, only the anatomy samples will be useful with small children, but they are designed for use with children or adults, the depth of discussion can be determined by the instructor accordingly. Several pieces were selected for their small size, enabling them to be handled and passed around easily in the classroom.

To facilitate explanation, the concepts were described in educational PowerPoint slides complete with photos, illustrations, and notes from various sources. Both the slides and the samples could be used together or separately as fits the educational scenario best.



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Date Posted: 09 September 2019