|On our way to Mothers Rest, we learned about this sycamore tree.|
|Sycamore tree bark looks like this.|
|We also learned about Beech trees. Here we are looking at two Beech trees. The bark looks like elephant skin and the base of the tree looks like elephant feet.|
|This is one of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy youth talking with us about phragmites, and invasive plant.|
|We learned about the slope restoration project at Mothers Rest.|
|Back to the Emerald Necklace Conservancy office, where it was warm, we learned more about the Back Bay Fens.|
TUESDAY - We visited the Verdant Exhibition at MassArt's Paine/Bakalar Galleries and learned about Environmental Art.
|Paula Hayes created glass vessels with plants living inside.|
|We did an art project where we made models of a "dream backyard." It was a glimpse into being a landscape architect.|
WEDNESDAY - Alan Banks from the Olmsted National Historic Site came in and gave us a great presentation about the designer of the Emerald Necklace, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the history of the Back Bay Fens.
|Frederick Law Olmsted when he was 35, and beginning his career as a Landscape Architect|
|Before: a view of the Riverway after the grading was finished, and before it was planted.|
|After: the same view 20 years later after plants grew in.|
|A historic map of the Back Bay Fens|
|Green Team youth took turns presenting about the invasive plants in the Fens: Garlic Mustard, Japanese Knotweed, Phragmites, and Oriental Bittersweet.|
|We played Jeopardy to see who had learned the most about invasive plants during the presentation. It was fun!|