Interactive Tree Walk
Visit this WEBSITE link and take a stroll around the tranquil grounds of Westfield Friends Meeting and School, by taking an interactive tree walk among leafy branches.
Simply centre the QR code on each tree's horticultural tag in your smart phone's camera screen and click the link that will take you to each tree's message on this self-guided tour. No special app is needed.
Hear the voices of Westfield Friends School students sharing botanical and historical information about 60+ trees on the 8-1/2 acre property.
Westfield Friends School received a $2000 grant from Friends Council on Education in June 2016. Third Grade teacher, Patricia Lyons, wrote the grant and co-taught 3rd and 5th grade students with colleagues Molly Cope, Kristen Gold, and Ginny Mangan during the 2016-2017 school year. Using STEAM based activities multi-age classes developed insights about our 8½-acre peaceful, wooded campus, while learning about stewardship of the environment.
The Friends Council on Education funds creative, student-centered projects that focus on the Quaker testimonies in Friends schools. Using queries from Quaker SPICES as underpinnings, Westfield Science Buddy teams learned about the community of trees on the school grounds when they adopted specific trees for the purposes of focused, collaborative investigations into a tree’s origin, traits, and needs. With the guidance of Westfield Meeting members, field guides, and iPad apps to help identify fifty tree species, 3rd – 6th grade students designed a horticultural tree tag. Tags include botanical information and a QR code to gain additional facts. These tags will enhance a student developed, self-guided educational Tree Walk on Westfield’s school grounds.
Our strength as a community comes from the mutual dependence on each other and it gains strength from different perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences. The yearlong focus on trees compared how our school community mirrors the tree-filled grounds of our school. Field trips to Palmyra Cove and Morris Arboretum enhanced students’ understanding of stewardship of the environment, as they discovered the necessity of making it part of everyday life. Our students developed stronger bonds with their multi-age peers and the trees they adopted, and they will all grow older together.