Jennifer Muller, Office of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org
The sound of children’s laughter could be heard across AUB’s campus on a sunny, spring afternoon in April as youngsters traipsed from tree to tree, finding hidden clues in an “Easter Tree Hunt” set up by the AUB Botanic Garden committee (AUBotanic).
Forty children accompanied by their parents were given a clue at the beginning of the hunt which led them to a tree with an envelope hanging from it. Inside were slips of paper containing information about the tree they were looking at as well as a clue leading to the next tree.
As the event was organized like a treasure hunt, the kids did not seem to notice that they were learning along the way. At the end of the hunt, they all came together at AUB’s West Hall for a short quiz about the trees they had encountered and received small bundles of chocolate eggs as their prize.
“The kids told me they were rushing through it as a race; but then they were studying the plants afterward, before the quiz, so it all worked out as a fun educational adventure for them,” said AUBotanic Coordinator Ranim Abi Ali, who helped conduct the event.
Part of the mission of AUBotanic is to educate members of the community about the natural environment with which we co-exist and to increase the appreciation of the campus as a sanctuary for living things. The tree hunt activity helped serve this purpose by introducing these youngest members of the AUB community to the natural wonders of campus.
AUBotanic will be holding events and activities throughout the year to further their mission of raising awareness and interest in the AUB Botanic Garden. Coming up in May is an event highlighting the importance of the campus as a refuge for migratory birds traveling between Africa and Europe.