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Exploring Nature Educational Resource:

Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science Resources for K-12

Forest Life Investigation - The Nurse Log

Read about the Nurse Log "phenomena" in the activity below. On your next walk in the woods, look for fallen trees tht are now rotting logs and overgrowth tree stumps. Examine them closely. Answer the following questions (print out PDF for answer sheet):

1. Do you see signs of animals feeding on top of the log or stump? (broken acorns, pine cones, animals scats)

2. Do you see small tree seedlings growing on top of the log or stump?

3. If you saw both of the things mentioned above, can you make a connection between them? (HINT: How does animals feeding on seeds on the nurse log lead to seedlings growing on and rooting into the nurse log?)

4. Why do you think a nurse log is a good medium for rowing young plants?

Forest Life Activity - The Nurse Log

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Wild Science
Activities that Bridge Outdoor Exploration with Classroom Science
The activities in Wild Science will integrate outdoor exploration with the understanding and appreciation of science and environmental issues.

Using Wild Science as a guide, we invite you to rediscover your sense of wonder about the natural world and share it with the children you know.

Forest Life Activity - The Nurse Log

Citing Research References

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When citing a WEBSITE the general format is as follows.
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Amsel, Sheri. "Forest Life Investigation - The Nurse Log " Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2017. January 20, 2017
< > has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.

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