Then, the class used turkey basters to extract water from the center of bromeliads and study the contents through a magnifying class (which was really cool). At the pond, we saw a cotton plant and everyone touched a real cotton ball.
The fragrance garden was filled with herbs, flowers, and had a sweet almond tree. The conservatory had lots of orchids and a cacao tree a.k.a. the "chocolate" tree. We also learned about simple and compound leaf structures and made a "leaf rubbing" with crayons (which I loved because I love doing leaf painting with my art class). We saw huge Koi in the fish pond, learned about bonsai trees, saw the largest bamboo in the world and, finally, the amazing banyan trees with roots that grow in the air!
At the end of the visit we all had lunch under the banyan trees. What a great field trip!!
|Looking through "Butterfly Eyes"|
|Cool Epiphytes- Plants that Grow on Trees|
|Collecting Water from a Bromeliad|
|Inspecting the Water with a Magnifying Glass|
|Smelling a Sweet Almond Tree!|
|A Real Ball of Cotton|
|Roots of a Banyan Tree|
|Playing in the Banyan Trees|
|Looking at the Cacao Tree|