Finding “Waldo” Seedling

We learn in Nancy Larson® Science 1 that seeds from broad-leaf trees fall to the ground and begin to grow into seedlings. Some seeds are heavy, such as acorns, and fall close to the parent tree. Other seeds, such as maples and elms, are carried by the wind and may land far from the parent tree.

It’s not too surprising that I found this little seedling growing among my flowers.

Wondering how far it traveled, I looked for the adult tree and found this maple tree about two hundred feet down the street. It’s the tree in front of the blue mini-van.

I compared the leaves to see if they were the same.

Then I wondered, “Where are other seedlings from this tree?”

Here’s one I found growing in the grass about twenty feet from the adult tree.

The photo on the right shows the seedling and the parent tree. Do  you see the little seeding in the grass?  It’s at the bottom of the photo.

Were there other young seedlings growing, almost hidden, in the grass? I kept looking very carefully to find more.

Here’s another seedling.

Here’s the adult tree about thirty feet away from the seedling.

Where are tree seedlings in your yard?  Finding them is like a “Where’s Waldo?” picture. Sometimes you need to take extra time, get up close, and look carefully. Then you’ll find them.

How many seedlings can you find?

How far are they from the adult tree?

How do you know which adult tree is the parent?

Could you create a graph that shows how far the seedling is from the adult tree?

Take photos to document your finds.

We’d love to see them and will share with others.

Enjoy finding “Waldo” seedlings!

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