Virtual Field Trip to Coffee Plantation

August 14th, 2010 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Friday, August 13, 2010 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Smithsonian Nat’l Zoo: Coffee Slide Show

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately)

I was enjoying my third cup of coffee today, when it occurred to me that I should feature a virtual field trip to a coffee plantation on ClickSchooling

As I began to research, I stumbled upon the Smithsonian National Zoological Park’s Migratory Bird Center where I learned the importance of shade coffee plantations to the preservation of migratory birds.

At this website, you can take the “Coffee Slide Show” to learn about bird-friendly coffee production in Latin America and the Caribbean.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Just click on the “next” arrow to view all 28 images of this virtual tour. Each photo is accompanied by informative text about how coffee is grown and includes:

  • The 2 ways coffee is grown – with and without shade
  • Coffee plant diseases such as “coffee leaf rust”
  • Spraying coffee with fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, etc.
  • Shade trees and their importance on coffee plantations
  • How the coffee plant grows from flower to bean
  • How coffee is harvested, dried, sorted, bagged and shipped for roasting
  • Coffee farms and songbirds

When you are through with the virtual tour, you’ll find additional resources on this site for learning about migratory bird conservation. 


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