Program: Tree Identification

Living With Our Environment, Plant Biology/Botany
“I can name that tree!” This lesson sparks students’ curiosity about the natural world through the lens of trees, as they gain the skills and vocabulary that empowers them to investigate and understand trees.

Science-based and tree-centric, ‘Tree Identification’ introduces students to the concept of taxonomy. Equipped with leaf samples, a dichotomous key and new vocabulary, students learn to differentiate and identify varied tree species. Taking their tools outdoors, the students explore their school campus and identify 3-4 different trees.
1.25 hours
Fee Description
For PAUSD and neighboring districts: $300 for the first session at a given campus (due to necessary tree identification key customization for each new campus), and $200 for subsequent sessions at the same campus. For RCSD, contact Canopy at for more information.
5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Investigation and Experimentation - 5-6, Investigation and Experimentation - 5-6a, Investigation and Experimentation - 5-6g, Investigation and Experimentation - 6-7, Investigation and Experimentation - 6-7c
Areas of Service
Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and surrounding communities
Key Vocabulary
Urban forest, Seed, Fruit, Pollen, Ovule, Pistil, Stamen, Simple leaf, Scale-like leaf, Leaf Margin, Needles, Lobed, Deciduous, Evergreen, Biodiversity

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