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Lesson on tree tops takes students to new heights... literally


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Some kids spent the day learning outside. Their classroom? A large oak tree.

"It was really fun," student Hope Honaker said. "We just got to learn how to gather bugs and stuff."

A handful of students from the Friends School of Wilmington got to explore the treetops of Airlie Gardens. The event was part of a statewide tour to celebrate the opening of the new Nature Research Center in Raleigh.

Dr. Meg Lowman gave the students a bird's eye view of what is living in our trees.

"Over half of the biodiversity on this planet lives in the tops of trees, and probably 90 percent of them have never been discovered," Lowman said. "So if one of these kids turns into a scientist after this day, we might have done our job."

The Nature Research Center is a new wing of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Its grand opening is April 20.

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lessons on tree tops

And we wonder why our students are behind in so many subjects (compared to other nations)

Lessons on tree tops

I'm a teacher (36 years at it). One does not learn everything from books. Active, "hands on learning" is often the best kind, especially for young men.