The Board of Education is sponsoring a special series for Tsukuba citizens on trees and their relation to our daily lives. On 5 Saturdays beginning November 9, instructors will take interested persons on tours of nearby forests or related facilities. A bus is provided and the cost is only 300 yen per session. Each person, however, needs to bring their own lunch.
The first session Nov. 9 is from 10 am to 3 pm and involves surveying all of the varieties of trees found in the forested areas around Tsukuba. The next session is Dec. 14, an includes observations of the ecology of the forest particularly as that relates to human activities. The third session is January 25 consists of a morning lecture on tree utilization followed by cutting and preparing wood for charcoal production. This is continued on Feb. 8 with the actual firing of the charcoal kilns and then the final session on Feb. 22, when the charcoal is extracted.
For more information, call the "Shakai Kyoikubu" (community education division) of the Board of Education at 57-9010.
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