I am very pleased to participate in Sunshine Kids California Blog Hop organized by California Kid Bloggers. Just 15 years ago I came to California for the first time on a business trip, marveled at gas and house prices and swore I will never move here. Never say never again! Our daughter is a Sunshine kid, and we love many things about our incredibly diverse state. It was not difficult for me to pick a topic for this post to share with the rest of you. We have a natural wonder that can be found literally in our own backyards – giant redwood (sequoia sempervirens). And we just need to drive for about 30 minutes to get to a majestic forest of protected giants – Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
It’s really hard to express the size of redwood trees. Over our visits to redwood forests we took hundreds of pictures, but they don’t do justice to what you can really see there. To adults these natural towers represent an awe-inspiring sight. For children it’s a giant playground with so many things that beg to touch, smell and climb on, so many different sounds to listen for.
There is a way to visit redwood forests through a great picture book Redwoods by Jason Chin. The book starts with a boy reading a book about redwoods on a subway train in New York City and his imagination transports him (and a subway exit!) to Northern California coast. There is a lot of interesting science facts about redwoods that work well with beautiful pencil illustrations and will engage older kids wanting a botany lesson. In the end the main character leaves a book to be found by the next child. So now we are leaving this book “virtually” for all of you!
To learn more about redwoods:
- Trees of Mystery
- Extension activities for Redwoods
- Redwoods Learning Center
- Albino Redwoods (video)
- Redwood ecology