PROJECTS

Treezilla

Identify and classify.

 

Treezilla offers a practical way for young people to uncover the impact of climate change on the natural world and make a contribution to the UK’s tree canopy survey.

 

 

 

Project timeline

Treezilla follows IRIS’ 4 phased project structure:

 

Phase1
4Weeks timeframe

Prepare & launch: Teachers prepare and launch the project, using our helpful guidance documents.

Phase2
4Weeks timeframe

Background research & skills development: With access to our support materials, students develop the knowledge and skills required to successfully complete research.

Phase3
8Weeks timeframe

Student Research: Young scientists systematically investigate, explore, discover, analyse and establish their conclusions.

Phase4
4Weeks timeframe

Artefact development and conference: Students produce an article, academic poster presentation or academic paper, based on their research process and/or findings with the aim of exhibiting at IRIS’ conference.

Overview

Skill level
Beginner /
Moderate
Age
suitability
14+
SubjectBIOLOGY/ ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/ MATHS
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Project partner

Treezilla introduces students to the study of trees through hands-on learning.

 

Young arborists take part in an ambitious project to map all of Britain’s trees and record vital data about tree disease and the environmental benefits that trees provide. The map will be used for education, outreach and research purposes and UK’s Biological Surveillance. 

 

Students select trees within their local area and gather data about them. They upload this information to Treezilla, the Open Science Laboratory’s national map of trees. Using Treezilla, students can see the impact individual trees are having on their community. 

 

Student surveyors then investigate the wider data sets to develop solutions and strategies to benefit the local community.  To impact change within their community, some may choose to share their findings with the wider community and, possibly, local authorities.