Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh
On Thursday 23 February, the Primary 3 girls escaped the wet, cold and windy weather of Scotland and were transported to the warm, humid rainforests within the glasshouses of the Edinburgh Botanics. The girls have spent the term learning about the structure, plants and animals of the rainforests, all of which were brought to life as they explored the different environments within each of the glasshouses. They saw how the trees and bushes grow to create the four layers of the rainforest and were amazed by the size that the trunk of a tree in the emergent layer would eventually grow to.
They reinforced their learning on plant adaptions and enjoyed seeing the pools of water collected within the bromeliads. Pouring water on to the drip-tip leaves of other plants designed to shed heavy rainfall was also great fun. They sniffed the vanilla pods, stroked the lichens and mosses and, with the help of a friendly (stuffed) fruit bat, discovered how ferns and other plants, including the strangler fig, are able to grow high up in the canopy. They discovered some of the many varied and useful products we get from the rainforest, tasted some chocolate and dried papaya and even learnt to how use a blow-pipe to pop a balloon!
It was a super trip and we would like to thank the education staff at the Botanics for their input.