Is it Poison Ivy?
It’s springtime and we are on lock-down. Covid 19 has us at home and restricted from so many places and things that we would normally do for entertainment. We can’t go to the movies, go bowling, or out to eat at a restaurant. What we can do is go outside and enjoy nature! The month of May in North Carolina is almost perfect, bested only by October, in my humble opinion at least.
Here at Partners in Learning, teachers and children are looking to spend as much time as possible outdoors. On the playgrounds, we can have only one class at a time, and the equipment must be sanitized between uses. Fortunately, here at our Catawba location, we have fields, woods, and even a creek to explore! Not everything in nature is our friend, however, and it’s important to know how to recognize poison ivy. There are a few “impostors” that we also need to be aware of, so we don’t kill off all the vines and trees we see, in our efforts to protect ourselves from the painful rash that poison ivy brings.
In order to help you distinguish poison ivy from other native plants, please refer to the pictures below. All of these pictures were taken behind building D. What grows here at PIL probably can be found near your homes and local parks as well. We want you to be safe while enjoying the beautiful spring weather, so hopefully after reading this, you will be able to recognize and avoid Poison Ivy. (There is even a quiz at the end!)