Bigleaf maple in West Seattle's Schmitz Park. Credit: brewbooks/Flickr CC
Trees and bark
Those twigs your child likes to bring home can be great conversation starters and the foundation for many an art project. Of the 192 species of trees in Seattle, 28 of them are native. The most commonly seen tree species are red alder, bigleaf maple and beaked hazelnut. Can you spot any of those on your neighborhood stroll?
Mac's Guide is great for more info on trees. Bark is perfect for pencil rubbings. Let your scientist discuss the differences she sees among the different varieties.
Now, go off and search out your own treasures. What else can you find: a snail, a slug, a ladybug?
Editor's note: This article was first published several years ago and updated most recently in 2020.