Earth Partnership for Schools
WOODLAND RESTORATION INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP > HOW TO RESTORE WOODLAND AT YOUR SCHOOL > STUDY THE SITE > EXAMINING LIVING HISTORY
In order to research the land use history on your site, interview people in the community who have lived in the area a long time. Ask them about changes in natural history, land use, population, land ownership, rural vs. urban areas, economy, employment, roads and transportation. Ask those being interviewed about stories they may have heard as children from their parents/grandparents or others. Do not limit questions to the restoration site specifically but rather try to get a context for some more specific site history you can gather later on.
The information can be written up or presented orally. Oral presentations from each student can help to form a full picture of many different perspectives of the area's history. A class project such as a display, skit or compilation of quotes could convey the findings during a planting celebration.