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Third Grade Kicks off International Science Project

On November 5, third grade at The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle kicked off their inaugural planning of the Journey North Tulip Project, Lanham, Maryland, planted their red emperor tulips. It was an overcast day, but temperatures were in the upper sixties. The garden is surrounded by a fence to keep the garden safe from deer and other wildlife.

Saint Matthias in November

Saint Matthias in November

According to the website, “Each fall, people across the Northern Hemisphere plant Red Emperor tulip bulbs in Journey North Test Gardens to help monitor seasonal change in a scientific way. In the spring, when the plants emerge and bloom, test gardeners report their data to the maps. 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.”

We will be posting updated but you can check the progress on http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tulip/

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