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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Recently, we've introduced phenology in our teacher education programs with the phenomenon of changes in the timing of sap flow in sugar maples, approaching the explanation from the perspectives of western sugar bush farmers (Cornell University specialists and scientists) and Indigenous sugar bush farmers, Anishinaabe elders. This phenomenon is more local, this is a tree native to our forests in New York City. Teachers create a model based on an initial explanation for the sap flow changes from Cornell scientists and their own knowledge. We introduce the voice and Traditional Ecolological Knowledge of Indigenous sugar bush keepers, and teachers revise models based on the understandings of all streams of knowledge.