Could most school kids ID these leaves? (March 14/365), a photo by GilchristLaura on Flickr.
I'm into birds and I share my knowledge and obsession/passion. Just ask around. :) I see that when people learn just a couple of birds by sight or song, it usually opens doors for them to observe, WONDER, and seek out more knowledge.
My 6th graders will be using cameras to explore trees and birds and more this spring and we'll put their working knowledge to the ID test at our Missouri Dept of Conservation grant field trip to Hartell Lakes Conservation Area, in which the kids fish (learn basic fish and fishing techniques), explore a pond for macroinvertebrates and more, and hike with binoculars to observe/id trees, mammals, and birds (by sight and song)!