On Saturday, March 31, 2018, the East Georgia State College Tree Advisory Committee held the second part of their Tree Identification Workshop Series on EGSC’s Swainsboro campus. Dr. John Cadle, EGSC Biology instructor, and Dr. David Chevalier, Chair of the EGSC Biology Department, led the workshop. EGSC biology students and the Swainsboro Middle School SciFries, along with their teacher, Deanna Ryan, attended the workshop.
The group identified multiple trees on the EGSC campus, including red maple, Southern magnolia, persimmon, and longleaf and loblolly pines. Students used a key to identify the trees. Dr. Chevalier’s Plant Biology class also identified trees on their own as part of this workshop.
“This was a wonderful opportunity to get out on a beautiful spring day and learn something about the natural history of the EGSC campus,” said Dr. Cadle. “Everyone came away having learning something new about the trees and the forests on campus. Working with the keys and field guides gave all of us a greater appreciation of some of the technicalities of tree identification. And just being outdoors in nature was a great way to spend a morning.”
This workshop was the second part of the Tree Identification Workshop Series and was part of a learning project for the Tree Campus USA designation recently earned by EGSC. The goal of the workshop series was to identify trees on EGSC’s campus.
“It was a great day walking on the EGSC campus and identifying trees,” said Dr. Chevalier. “We were able to apply the knowledge learnt from during the first part of the workshop to identify trees on the EGSC campus.”
For more information on EGSC’s Tree Campus USA designation and what it means for the campus, visit https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa/.