BY AMANDA MOSES
Last fall, PS 346’s students participated in the Journey North Garden Test by planting Red Emperor tulips in the Spring Creek Recreational Fund’s (SCRF) Urban Garden Classroom (UGC). This program is a part of a global observation project that helps scientists measure climate change around the world. During the winter these plants are covered by snow, and then, when the weather becomes warmer, the tulips blossom, signaling that spring is here.
Upon returning from spring recess, Garden Educator Jacqui Roytman welcomed her third graders into the UGC. Many of the children gasped in surprise and clapped their hands joyfully when they saw the tulips, which they planted in November, sprouting from the ground. Some students remembered where they planted their tulips, while others happily observed the bright, red tulips blossoming in the pollinator sections of the garden and also in several of the garden beds.
The Journey North program gives children a hands-on opportunity to understand climate change and allows them to track weather patterns in various parts of the world. The Journey North’s website depicts data and reports from schools around the globe that have planted these red tulips from the fall to the spring. It’s an important program that helps scientists understand the shifts in climate change and learn more about global warming.
According to the Journey North website, “One garden at a time, the relationship between climate, geography, and the greening of spring is revealed. Local climate affects where, when, and how plants grow. Over time, the timing of plant growth can be used as an indicator of climate change. Everyone who participates in this international tulip test garden project contributes valuable information to a long-term database.”
Roytman uploaded pictures of the Emperor Red Tulips on the Journey North website so that students in other countries can see that Spring Creek Towers is truly in the midst of beautiful spring weather.
Photos by Jacqui Roytman