Grade 8’s Central Park Tour

Hi, grade eights! Today we’ve invited to Central Park to learn and explore the many wonders the park has. The park is home to many different plants and animals that keep this ecosystem alive and allow us to see what a Pacific West Coast rainforest is like. When exploring the park be mindful of your surroundings and notice what you can observe and see while we stroll the park. Our plan is to give you a brief summary of the park ,tell you the many different species that live in the park, and we’ll try to find the many different plants and animals and attempt to find evidence that they reside in the park. Lastly, at the end we will play a card game we created that will hopefully allows you to understand more about the organisms living in the park.

                                                           History of Central Park

Central Park is a 90- hectare (222 acres) urban park rounded in Burnaby in 1891. It was once a naval reserve set aside as source of masts and spars for ships of the royal navy. The park was made to honour the wife of the Vancouver Mayor at the time. Central Park is a well-preserved temperate rainforest ecosystem with many different species of plants and animals such as the douglas fir and grey squirrel. The park was once logged in 1890 and evidence of this still remains with stumps of what were enormous trees now decay. The park has many man-made streams and lakes which provide a water source for many of the creatures living in the park .Plant life varies with many different species residing in the park some being native and others invasive.

                                                                 Species Identification

English Holly
Birch Tree
Vine Maple
Blueberry flower bush
Bracken fern
Douglas fir
Western Hemlock
Western Red Cedar

                                                     ECOLOGICAL INTERACTIONS

Our card game is totally playable and it is based on the fundamentals “who eats whom?”
There are some special cards added,for example the mosquito one,which eats every other animal and the man one,who eats everything (from animals to plants) but can be “eaten” by the mosquito.

Central park in Burnaby hosts some invasive species too.
These are:
 holly and blackberry,which such as the other bushes provide habitat for insects, caterpillars and spiders which are eaten by chickadees and bushtit.
vine English Ivy,as far as the plants are concerned,
grey squirrel and rat,representing animals.
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