Update: November 11, 2010
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Welcome to Journey North's Climate Study
Tulip gardens are being planted all over the map, so this month we ask, "What are your goals for this year's tulip garden experiment?" Listen in to the goals of your fellow gardeners and set your own goals this year. Polish up on map reading to learn more about geography and climate. Find a gardening partner. Take the microclimate challenge. Then share planting day across the globe!

Today's Report Includes:

Image of the Week

goals poster


What are your goals for your tulip test garden experience this year?

Explore: Tulip Maps

If you have planted and reported in to Journey North your little brown square shows where your garden is located. So far this fall 183 gardens have been reported planted! Take a look at the map and learn more about the gardeners across the Northern Hemisphere. Consider "meeting" other gardeners to share data and climate information.

  • Polish up on map reading to learn more about geography and climate.
    This Week's Map Question Handout
Tulip Test Gardens: North America
Journey North Test Gardens: Europe, Fall 2010
(North America)
Map Questions Handout
Define: What Are Your Goals?

This month we ask ourselves questions about what it means to observe the wave of spring. We wonder what tulip garden maps tell us about seasonal change. And finally, what is the relationship between geography, temperature and the arrival of spring? Here are some of the goals you have defined:

  • Learn the difference between a seed and a bulb. (Grades K-5)
  • To strengthen our soil and plant units. (Grades K-5)
  • Students will be able to view impacts of local climate factors (early warming trends, late frosts, etc.) on spring flowers.(Grade 11)
  • Students will take responsibility for their tulip bulbs, their planning and planting, then observing and recording data. (Grade 3)
  • Students will be able to identify plant parts and their function. (Grades K-5)
  • Students will be able to describe how climate effects the development of spring plants and the temperature range necessary for growth to begin. (Grade 11)
  • To be able to compare whether the plants will be affected by their microclimate. (Grade 11)

What do you want to learn this year? Grab your journals and set some goals.

Try This! Gardening Partners

Journey North gardeners are scattered from the Atlantic to the Pacific and beyond. What secrets lie in each location that will signal the arrival of spring there? Learn more with a gardening partner!

After you’ve planted your official garden, choose a "Partner Garden" somewhere else in the northern hemisphere. As the seasons change, compare weather, climate, geography and other variables.


Use this Journal Page
Challenge: The Microclimate Garden

After you plant your "Official" Journey North Garden in the place that BEST matches your general climate, you can try a new challenge!

Here's how: Explore your schoolyard to find microclimates: areas where it's colder, warmer, wetter, drier or windier than your Official garden spot. Plant a few tulips in each spot.

Read All About It: The Microclimate Challenge
See this downloadable booklet to print or view as a slideshow.

Your challenge:
Cause two tulips
to bloom as many days apart as possible.


Spotlight: Fall Planting Across the Globe

This month brought a flurry of activity to school yards across the globe as students prepared for the Tulip Test Garden experiment. A few of these gardeners wanted to share their planting photographs with the rest of the gardeners.

Take a look at some of the activity!

7th grade planters
REPORT Your Garden Planted
Report your garden "PLANTED" after planting and you will see your garden on the map!
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Resources for You

Quote of the Month

"There was a lot of wet dirt, worms and grubs. It was like burying something, but in order for it to be born."

Fourth Graders from Ithaca, New York

More Journey North Lessons and Teaching Ideas!

The Next Tulip Garden Update Will Be Posted on December 8, 2010.