Search around your neighborhood for different conifer trees.
No matter where you live, there are sure to be some conifers nearby. To figure out who's who in the conifer family, you'll need to answer these questions.
- Needles or scales? Does the tree have thin needles or flattened scale-like leaves?
- Single or bundles? If the tree has needles, do they come out of the stem one by one? Or are they bundled together in groups?
- What shape? If you roll the needle between your fingers, does it feel found, flat or square-shaped?
- Kinds of cones? Look for some cones on the tree or on the ground beneath it. Are they big or small? Long and thin, short and round, or some other shape?
If you are making a Conifer Quest board, snip off a tiny sprig from each different tree you find, or even better, pick up a sprig from the ground that is still green.