At the Arboretum, we work hard to uphold our mission of cultivating connections between people and plants, and provide opportunities for our visitors and members to learn about the unique cultural and natural heritage of our region. This effort also translates to our employees.

Recently, the Arboretum’s youth education department hosted a “lunch and learn” for fellow staff members to learn (or re-learn) about the natural world. Based on the popular television show “Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”, employees formed teams and tested their natural science knowledge against one another.

Now it’s your turn! Review the questions below and write down your answers on a separate sheet of paper. Then, check your work in the answer key at the bottom (no peeking!).

1.) Name the five groups of vertebrates.

2.) What is the North Carolina state marsupial?

3.) True or False: Snakes sleep with their eyes open.

4.) A lichen is a symbiotic relationship between a:

a.) Plant and animal

b.) Human and werewolf

c.) Plant and plant

d.) Fungus and algae

5.) Which winter adaption do trees demonstrate?

a.) Hibernation


c.) Expiration

d.) Inactivity

If you want to learn more about our natural world (at any age), check out The North Carolina Arboretum’s Youth Education and Adult Education programs for a variety of offerings available throughout the year.

Answer Key

1.) Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish; 2.) Virginia Opossum; 3.) True (snakes don’t have eyelids); 4.) d.; 5.) b.