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Saturday, May 16, 2015

May 16: Love a Tree Day

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Measuring the Height of a Tree


  • Tape measure
  • Yardstick


  1. Use the tape measure to measure off exactly 25 feet from the tree you wish to measure.
  2. With the zero end of the yardstick downward, hold the yardstick exactly 25 inches from your eye.
  3. Line up the bottom of the yardstick with the base of the tree.
  4. Note which inch line marks the top of the tree. Each inch equals one foot of the tree’s height.
  5. If the tree is taller than the yardstick, stand 50 feet away from tree. Follow steps 2-4 again, but this time double the final number. If still taller, than back away 75 feet, follow steps 2-4, and triple the number. For 100 feet, 4x the number, etc.
Source(s):; featured in Toolbox Training’s 100 Nature Activities for Kids card set (activity F4). You can also check out activity B7 from 100 Construction Activities for Kids to see how to make a tree from rolled up newspapers.

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