There is much to learn in the world of trees. This page features links to curriculum that feature trees and urban forestry.
Growing Happy Communities / Lesson Plans & Contest Rules for California Arbor Week Poster Contest
Animal Inn: www.fs.fed.us "Animal Inn is an environmental education program designed to inform children and adults about the importance of dead and dying trees located in the forests, parks, and even in their own yards! Dead and dying trees support a wide variety of animals and plants."
Forests Where We Live: www.lpb.org/programs/forest/classroom.html Geared toward building skills in urban forestry. Excellent curriculum materials for all grades, K-12. Includes an accompanying hour long documentary and and a six part series for use in grades 6-12 classrooms. More info available at www.lpb.org/programs/forestseries
National Arbor Day Foundation: www.arborday.org Educational activites are one aspect of this national organization. Includes an annual poster contest around the theme of "Trees are Terrific, Inside and Out."
National Tree Trust: www.nationaltreetrust.org Their materials for elementary school age kids are built around Judith Blau's cartoon-like "Treetures" (learn more at www.treetures.com). NTT materials include various "Growing Together with Treetures" activity guides.
If Trees Could Talk: http://www.foresthistory.org/education/curriculum/ If trees could talk and we could listen, would we be wiser? The Forest History Society believes that we must understand the history of forests and their people in order to shape the future of people and their forests. This 11-module, middle school curriculum gives teachers the opportunity to download social studies activities that are based upon archival materials. The centerpiece of each module is a compilation of primary resources--documents, maps, newspaper articles, oral histories or photographs--from which students will be asked to gather, examine, and analyze information, and synthesize insights.
15 for Trees: http://www.milliontreesnyc.org/downloads/pdf/15_for_Trees_K-3%20FINAL.pdf Do your students have some “down” time before or after lunch or at the end of the day before the bell rings? If so, then 15 for Trees is for you! Million Trees NYC designed these 15-minute activities because they know that you may not have time to fit an entire unit on trees into your yearly schedule—it’s tough enough to cover the required material!
Project Learning Tree: (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/plt/curriculum.html) Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hands on curriculum for K-12.
Project Learning Tree / Focus on Forests: (http://www.plt.org/focus-on-forests) American Forest Foundation. module is designed to foster student understanding of- and appreciation for- the forested lands throughout North America.
Urban Forestry / Environmental Stewardship: (http://www.seattle.gov/Parks/environment/GSP_K-12.htm). City of Seattle Parks & Recreation. The Urban Forestry Project K-12 curriculum features a multi-age and interactive “student empowerment” model.
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