Schools around the state of Minnesota form Green Teams of teachers, staff and parents to create sustainable outdoor learning areas on their grounds. Their students gain hands-on experience with the natural world when they plant trees together and watch them grow. Youth develop an ethic of environmental stewardship to take with them as they grow, and they leave behind an outdoor learning space for future classes to experience.
The Learning with Trees program is designed to set up schools with comprehensive, sustainable environmental science programs that transform school grounds into living laboratories for experiential learning.
Partner schools experience these five program components:
Our Town Trees
Students learn about the importance of trees to their local community while interacting with this hands-on exhibit.
Each school receives a tree trunk of lesson plans, outdoor activities and environmental education tools that helps teachers incorporate environmental learning into their standard curriculum.
Tree Trust helps each school form a committed team of parents, teachers and other school personnel who help plan an outdoor learning area and get their colleagues excited about long-term environmental learning.
Outdoor Learning Areas
Tree Trust works with each school's Green Team to create a landscape plan that meets their educational and environmental needs. The plan becomes a reality during an all-school event where students dig holes, plant trees, mulch and water the new plantings and celebrate their school's committment to the environment.
Learning with Trees Newsletters
Over 160 schools that have participated in Learning with Trees receive our seasonal e-newsletter, which provides lesson plans, learning projects and information on maintenance of an outdoor learning area.
Karen Zumach, Community Forestry Manager, Tree Trust
2239 Edgewood Avenue South
St. Louis Park, MN 55426-2822