Learn to identify kinds of stone used.
Which kind is prevalent in this cemetery?
Which kind withstands weather the best?
Are the stones imported or local?
Look at the tress and shrubs. Identify. Can
you tell their ages? Compare their ages with the
death date on nearby stones. Have any trees grown
through a grave, pushed a stone or fence, or broken
Identify location of the cemetery in the
community; churchyard, family, private of
Note topography; is this a desirable site?
Is it shady, near a body of water, on a hill,
in a valley?
Make a map of the cemetery showing streets and
memorable lots, bodies of water, landmarks, etc.
In what direction are most of the graves facing?
Do you know why?
Collect specimens of different leaves that
you might find in the cemetery. Draw the shapes
of the leaves in the blocks below and also record
the color. Later, when you are in your classroom,
color in the shapes using the colors you have
recorded. Bring all specimens back with you
to your classroom.
Describe and draw a wildflower. Record the
color and size. Is there grass growing around the
flowers? Why or why not? Are there any trees around
Did you find any types of animal life in
the cemetery? Sketch or photograph some of your
Find the oldest gravestone within a specified
area of the cemetery. If it's tilted why?
Spring Grove Cemetery has a listing of State
and National Champion Trees. They also have
a listing of woody plants found at the Arboretum.
Visit the cemetery before taking your students
and you will be able to find things to study
related to your area.