Update: November 10, 2011
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Sunny or shady? Wet or dry? Windy or calm? Plants respond to the climate where they are growing. Read the new slideshow. Explore microclimate in your own school yard, and try the Microclimate Challenge. What's behind the dot on the map? We "Spotlight" some gardeners. Study temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere in the Map Handout questions.

Today's Report Includes:

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M is for microclimate

"M" is for Microclimate
Use a rock to mark the spot. More in this week's slideshow...

Explore: The Microclimate Challenge

Explore the essential question, "How do climate conditions affect plant growth?" Use your school yard to study microclimates created by sunlight, humidity, moisture, and wind. Then try the Microclimate Challenge: Plant tulip bulbs in microclimates with contrasting conditions to discover how climate affects plant growth.

Introducing the Project with booklet and slideshow

Spotlight: Test Gardens

Who is planting a Test Garden This Fall?
The map is filling up with dots as students across the Northern Hemisphere dig in. From Alaska to New York and beyond to Kazakhstan; visit a few of the gardeners involved in this big experiment.

spotlight on the gardeners
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 178 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.

Temperature maps can give us clues about weather and climate in different parts of the world. How does your garden climate compare with other Test garden sites across the Northern Hemisphere?

tulip map


tulip map
(North America)
More Journey North Lessons and Teaching Ideas!

The Next Tulip Garden Update Will Be Posted on December 8, 2011.