Annual Microclimate Challenge
looking for ideas for an Experimental Garden, why not try your skills
at our Annual Microclimate
Challenge? Here's the challenge:
two tulip bulbs to bloom as many days apart as possible.
A "microclimate" is
the climate of a small, localized area in which the climate
differs from the general climate due to the unique amounts
of sunlight, wind and moisture this localized area receives.
1) After you plant your Official Journey North Garden in the place that
BEST matches your
general climate, look for two different places that LEAST represent your
general climate. These locations have different "microclimates."
If you want to learn more about microclimates, try this lesson (grades
4 and higher):
this printable booklet designed
to help build reading skills and support standards. Assemble and read. (grades
4 and lower):
2) As you
search for two areas with very different microclimates, think about ALL
of the factors that might affect the rate of tulip growth. Consider everything
that will affect your bulb, from the moment you put it in the ground.
use our feedback form
to tell us how you responded to this challenge!
did you plant your two experimental Journey North gardens for the Microclimate
your experiment and explain why you chose the sites you did.
predict how many days there will be between the blooming of tulips at
your two sites. Come spring, we'll look forward to hearing what you
Science Education Standards
- Ask a
question about objects, organisms, events. (K-4)
- Plan and
conduct a simple investigation. (K-4)
simple equipment/tools to gather data and extend senses. (K-4)
use different kinds of investigations depending on the questions they
are trying to answer. (K-4)
- The sun
provides light and heat necessary to maintain the temperature of the
changes from day to day and over the seasons. Weather can be described
by measurable quantities, such as temperature, wind direction and speed,
and precipitation. (K-4)
- The sun
is the major source of energy for phenomena on the earth's surface,
such as growth of plants, winds, ocean currents, and the water cycle.