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Identifying deciduous trees during the winter is much easier than you think. Discover how you can use buds and leafless twigs to help you recognize some common woody plants while honing your identification skills using a dichotomous key. If you are interested in evergreen conifers, we can explore those, too.

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By Request: $150.00

Fee: Regular price: $150; Premium price: $140
Canadian schools and groups will pay in Canadian dollars (CAD).
American and other international schools and groups will pay in US dollars (USD)
* HST/GST will be added for CDN schools where applicable.
* International (including US) and Indigenous schools are tax exempt.
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Payment: Cheque/ check, credit card or e-transfer


45-60 minutes for Grade 6-12 or Adult

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod After school clubs or organizations Public Library: Library Patrons Various clubs such as Guides or Scouts

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Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

This is presentation is only offered from December - March.

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs canceled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

About This Provider

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Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Royal Botanical Gardens is a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.

Education at Royal Botanical Gardens encourages environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world. 
With over 15 years experience delivering engaging interactive videoconferencing programs, we offer topics that explore biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment. Whether you are looking for an insect program; a program exploring wetlands, their functions and human impacts or you want to discover more about a delicious chocolate treat; we have a wide variety of plant-based programs to support and enhance your classroom needs or stimulate and entertain older adults. 
No matter where you are, your group can interact with our educators and scientists.

Karin Davidson-Taylor
905-527-1158 x249

Program Details


1. Discuss why trees need to be identified in the winter.
2. Review identifying characteristics being used.
3. Use characteristics to observe and identify a particular twig.
4. Find matching twig within group.
5. Have twigs from local areas to identify using keys provided.


The participant will:
- Recognize identifying characteristics (twig and buds) of common woody plants (trees, not shrubs) in winter
- Identify tree twigs to genus using a dichotomous key provided

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Asking Questions and Defining Problems 6-8
Asking Questions and Defining Problems 9-12
Analyzing and Interpreting Data 6-8
LS1A 6-8 -- Structure and function
LS1A 9-12 -- Structure and function
LS3B 6-8 -- Variation of traits
LS3B 9-12 -- Variation of traitsNational Science Standards
NS.5-8.1: Science as Inquiry

• Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
• Understanding about scientific inquiry
NS.5-8.3: Life Science
• Structure and function in living systems
• Diversity and adaptations of organisms
NS.5-8.7: History and Nature of Science
• Science as a human endeavor
• Nature of science
NS.9-12.1: Science as Inquiry
• Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
• Understanding about scientific inquiry
NS.9-12.7: History and Nature of Science
• Science as a human endeavor
• Nature of scientific knowledge

Next Generation Science Standards
HS-LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Common Core
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

State Standards

Science - Gr 7: Plants for Food and Fibre
Analyzing and Interpreting

Grade 9 Biology:
Sustainable Ecosystems
Grade 11 Biology:
Diversity of Living Things

Cycle 2: The Living World
Ecology: Deforestation