The Botanical Garden is a place where you can relax, hide from the heat and learn a lot of interesting facts about the biodiversity of flora and fauna. On this small territory grow both local and exotic species of flora from different parts of the world. On June 29th, little explorers of nature, together with experts from the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies, visited the botanic garden of UzhNU for an excursion. The children saw how the edelweiss blooms and also learned that this rare species in the flora of Ukraine naturally grows high in the mountains. The flower is presented in songs and is a folk symbol of Transcarpathia.
The children were surprised by the giant redwood or Sierra redwood with its size. Ruslana Dzhahman said that it’s one of the largest trees in the world and its homeland is North America. She also showed the schoolchildren a ginkgo tree, a tulip tree, and magnolias with already formed fruit. The smoke tree is already covered with a fluffy cloud. Such an effect is created by inflorescences. They resemble a wig, that’s why the tree is also called a ‘wig tree’.
They talked about birds and their nestlings in the green classroom, which is now very often seen on the streets of the city, and in the garden, the children watched a family of blackbirds. The students were into looking at insects through a magnifying glass. They studied firebugs, grasshoppers, ladybugs, and ants. A jar with a magnifying glass is very convenient for such experiments because the insects do not suffer. During the excursion, researchers also paid attention to environmental problems. From a young age, children know that domestic waste and pollution is perhaps the biggest disaster for nature, so it’s crucial to sort garbage and send it for recycling.
The event was held within the framework of cooperation between the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies – IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) and the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU Bundesverband NABU International ), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev, Nataliya Kulya (IERS).
Informational Service of IERS