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Traipsing through the trees

Kindergarten classes from Crescent Harbor Elementary School took a special trip Wednesday morning to tour the Wood Bee Christmas Tree Farm on Torpedo Road.

New owners Dave and Teddie Grace, who took over ownership of the farm in September, talked about growing Christmas trees and introduced the two classes to the many varieties they grow at the farm.

The 25-acre plot of land boasts nearly 12,000 trees in various stages of development.

Some trees, like Douglas firs, take only six to seven years to grow large enough to be sold for Christmas. Others, like Noble firs, can require up to 10 years to attain the proper height and proportions.

Students took a guided tour of the farm with Teddie Grace, who showed students the differences between several varieties of Christmas tree.

While investigating the trees, Crescent Harbor students also had fun examining tree stumps left over from trees that had already been cut.

They also learned — through a duck, duck, goose-type game — the three components that make up a healthy tree: water, light and space.

Grace had the students join hands and form a large circle in a grassy area within the tree farm. Then, one child was chosen to walk around fellow students, touching each on the shoulder and repeating either water, light or space.

When the student walking around said “tree”, that “tree” student had to chase the other around the circle until he or she reached the spot they originally occupied.

Students who got caught stood in the middle of the circle, hands arched in a ‘V’ over their heads, to simulate being trees.

Teddie Grace said this class of students is the first to visit the farm this year, though another has scheduled a trip later in the month. She said she hopes more schools will take advantage of the tree farm to schedule additional tours.

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