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A Tree Is a Living Being - Fact sheets

  • Jardin botanique
One of the stations along the new interpretation trail in the Arboretum
Photo: Espace pour la vie (Raymond Jalbert)

Tabs group


Description of the activity

The richness of the Arboretum is now highlighted by an amazing walking trail. Along the trails are steel and wood structures whose shapes evoke an aspect of the tree’s life:

  • stairs going up and down like sap;
  • a South-facing chair in full sunlight, like leaves at work;
  • two walls that open like seeds taking root and where a large tree grows;
  • a coat surrounding the tree and protecting it like bark.

Here and there, at the heart of each collection, a steel structure consisting of two steel legs held together by an interpretive panel seems to move. They are used to present a specific type of tree – pines, maples, oaks – with illustrations and short texts.

Until you can discover the interpretation modules for yourself, consult these nine fact sheets.


To get to know trees: germinating; reproducing; taking root; absorbing nutrients; circulating sap; standing tall; growing; protecting themselves; and living.

Equipment needed by the student

  • Copies of the activity sheets from the Arboretum Walking Trails PDF

Equipment necessary for the teacher

  • Printer


Make enough copies of the activity sheets.

Category of activity

  • Preparatory activity

Sub-category of activity

  • Class activity

Grade level

  • Elementary cycle three
  • Secondary cycle one
  • Secondary cycle two

Number of students per group

Individual or group activity

Activity Sheets

Arboretum Walking Trails[PDF - 895.24 KB - 10 pages]

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