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Hi there! I am Lizzy, your Mt. Tam Pocket Ranger. I will help you identify plants and trees in California State parks. Are you ready for adventure? Select a park.

Mt. Tamalpais State Park

Assess Your Knowledge

Before we begin, lets see what you know!

What is the difference between a deciduous and a coniferous forest?

  • Coniferous trees are cone-bearing. Deciduous trees are leaf-bearing which have leaves that fall off on a seasonal basis.
  • Deciduous trees are cone-bearing. Coniferous trees are leaf-bearing which have leaves that fall off on a seasonal basis.
  • Deciduous trees have fronds. Coniferous trees have fronds that fall off on a seasonal basis.
  • Coniferous tree produce cones. Deciduous trees produce flowers.

What type of soil contains endemic plants?

  • Keretū
  • Serepentine
  • Volcanic
  • Peat

What is chaparral best known for?

  • Magical powers
  • Medicinal properties
  • Smell
  • Fire Resilience

How long do perennials live?

  • More than two years
  • Less than two years
  • 3 months
  • 3.5 years

Let's start exploring!

To identify all 10 plants and trees in Mt. Tam, follow the Wind Hill Trail.

Those plants and trees that you will be identifying are marked with a corresponding number. 

Proceed to location 1.

Click the style of leaf you see on this tree.

Click the color / type of soil you see.

Serpentine is a fast draining soil. What can you then imply about this tree / shrub?

  • It needs lots of water
  • It needs a little water
  • It needs excess nutrients
  • It needs shade

Dependent on the time of year this tree / shrub has berries or flowers. Pick the one you see.

This shrub / tree is a kind of chaparral, which are generally? Clue: This tree is able to re-sprout from its stump.

  • Hallucinogenic
  • Moisturized
  • Twisted
  • Leveled by fire

Drum Roll Please...

“Any plant that encourages bird life, supplies the bees with an unexcelled source of honey, gives food to man, furnishes tannin from its bark, protects arid slopes from erosion, paints the landscape with vivid colors and carries joy into the home at Christmas time, when no other berries are available to most Californians, surely deserves the protection of man, whom it serves so well.” – From Conspicuous California Plants, 1938

Congratulations! You have identified:

Toyon!

Proceed to Location 2 to continue.

Wow! Look at you! You were able to identify 10 plants and trees in Mount Tam.

To earn a Mt. Tam virtual “badge”, you must score 8/10 on the following test.

Hit next to continue.

What is the difference between a deciduous and a coniferous forest?

  • Coniferous trees are cone-bearing. Deciduous trees are leaf-bearing which have leaves that fall off on a seasonal basis.
  • Deciduous trees are cone-bearing. Coniferous trees are leaf-bearing which have leaves that fall off on a seasonal basis.
  • Deciduous trees have fronds. Coniferous trees have fronds that fall off on a seasonal basis.
  • Coniferous tree produce cones. Deciduous trees produce flowers.

What type of soil contains endemic plants?

  • Keretū
  • Serepentine
  • Volcanic
  • Peat

What is chaparral best known for?

  • Magical powers
  • Medicinal properties
  • Smell
  • Fire resilience

How long do perennials live?

  • More than two years
  • Less than two years
  • 3 months
  • 3.5 years

Success! Congratulations on earning your Mount Tam Ranger Badge!

Pre-test Score: 5/10 

Post-test Score: 9/10 

Thanks for exploring with me! If you would like to learn more join me on your next adventure! 

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