Teaching our youth to be good stewards
One of the primary objectives of Trees Atlanta is the education of the community on the value and importance of trees. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to introduce programs to our youth so that they may adopt an early appreciation for their natural surroundings. Trees Atlanta offers several programs tailored to various age groups, and all designed to foster a better understanding of, and respect for, our urban forest.
Urban TreeTrackers (K-12) - In School Program
- Trees Atlanta’s flagship education program is called Urban TreeTrackers and our primary goal is to educate schools that are located within two miles of the Atlanta BeltLine, part of the APS system, and throughout Metro Atlanta.
- We visit each school in the program 4 times throughout the school year. Programs include lessons on Atlanta’s urban forests, urban ecology, environmental stewardship, and the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum.
- The curriculum is presented in an inquiry learning style, and reinforces STEM/STEAM learning.
- Check out some of the videos and teaching resources we use during our lessons.
Urban TreeTracker Curriculum
Urban Forest Ecology: K-5
Sensing Nature: K-2nd
The Sensing Nature series is designed for the young, imaginative mind. Throughout the year, budding naturalists will explore their natural surroundings using the 5 senses. Lessons encourage a deeper connection to nature and respect for our urban forest through greater understanding.
Roots to Canopy: 3rd-5th
Our budding environmental stewards will take part in a series that will guide them to having a closer look at trees. Focusing on the micro to macro details, students will have a better grasp of the tree as a whole. They will gain a better appreciation of the forest ecology through examination, interactive games, and art.
Afterschool Program: K-5th
Trees Atlanta Afterschool Program is part of our Urban TreeTrackers in-school curriculum. Designed for students in K-5, afterschool lessons include sensory exploration, active-outdoor games, and nature craft making. For example, we lead students to use all five senses to explore the urban forest, embark on a scavenger hunt using a compass, and reuse scrap paper to make new paper. We hope to instill an appreciation (and perhaps enduring love) for nature through fun, engaging outdoor play that let students wind down from the school day while stimulating curiosity for our urban forest.
Urban Forest Citizen Science: 6-8
Our urban forest citizen scientists will hone their skills to become true tree champions. From understanding the difference between pinnate leaf and palmate leaf to measuring a tree using a stick and measuring tape as our tools. These future environmental heroes will be on their way to becoming stewards of the urban forest who are equipped to think of real-life solutions to protect our urban canopy.
High School Programs: 9-12 (Available upon request)
Programs are “a-la-cart” and include topics such as:
• Dichotomous Key
• Urban Heat Island
• Canopy Cooling Effect
• Champion Tree Measuring
• Youth Tree Team
Girl Scout & Boy Scout Badge Program
Trees Atlanta leads 1.5 – 2 hour programs to help your Scouts earn their nature-focused badges. Scout leaders and parents can contact the education team to schedule a group program (email: email@example.com). There is a flat rate of $150 with a maximum of 25 scouts for each program. To inquire about other programs not specific badges, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cadette – Trees Badge (6th – 8th grade): Cadettes can visit the Trees Atlanta TreeHouse and complete many of the Trees Badge requirements. Scouts will identify trees on the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, learn about tree parts, create a tree craft, and discuss the urban forest and its growth. Cadettes can sign up for a tree planting with Trees Atlanta to complete the final requirement needed earn the Trees badge!
- Junior – Flowers Badge (4th – 5th grade): Juniors can visit the Trees Atlanta TreeHouse to uncover the science of flowers through hands on activities along the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. Discover the different parts of the flower and how important they are to us and the urban forest.
- Brownie – Bugs Badge (2nd – 3rd grade): Brownies can visit the Trees Atlanta TreeHouse and embark on a bug searching journey along the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. After studying the tiny insects in action, Brownies will practice drawing bugs while learning about the different parts.
- Daisy – Outdoor Art Making (K – 1st grade): Daisy can visit the Trees Atlanta TreeHouse and take a stroll on the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum learning all about the trees that make up the urban forest we live in. Using pieces of nature we collect and the newly gained knowledge of the trees, Daisies will create awesome outdoor art!
- Webelos – Into the Woods Badge (4th – 5th grade): Cub Scouts can visit the Trees Atlanta TreeHouse and complete many of the requirements to earn this Webelos badge. Scouts will visit the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, identify two different groups of trees and 6 different trees and plants, explore inside a tree to learn about the growth rings, and discuss everyday items made from wood. Scouts can sign up for a tree planting with Trees Atlanta to complete their requirement to earn their “Into the Woods” Badge!
- Bear Cubs – Fur, Feathers, and Ferns Badge (3rd grade): Bear cubs can visit the Trees Atlanta TreeHouse and explore the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, looking for signs of wildlife’s interactions with trees and other plants. Scouts will take a closer look at the urban forest through the eyes of the animals that live here and discuss the impact humans have on the environment.
- Wolf/Tiger Cubs – Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Adventure (1st – 2nd grade): Wolf and Tiger cubs can visit the Trees Atlanta TreeHouse and hike down the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum to identify the different trees growing in the city. Scouts will discuss what plants and trees grow best in our region of Georgia. They will also create their own self-watering planter and plant a seed to take home with them!
Following the program, scouts and parents can sign-up for a tree planting/maintenance project to complete the requirements to earn their badge if needed. If you are not able to make it to a Saturday Planting Project, feel free to plant a tree on your own in your yard and send us a photo!
Trees Atlanta Camps
For Junior TreeKeepers, every day is a new adventure! Explore the outdoors with hands-on activities in environmental science, biking the Atlanta BeltLine, field trips to local attractions and more fun!
School Break Camps
- February 18, 2019
- February 19, 2019
- February 20, 2019
- February 21, 2019
- February 22, 2019
- March 18, 2019
- April 8, 2019
- April 9, 2019
- April 10, 2019
- April 11, 2019
- April 12, 2019
- June 3 – 7
- June 10 – 14
- June 17 – 21
- June 24 – 28
- July 8 – 12
- July 15 – 19
- July 22 – 26
- July 29 – August 2
WHERE (Inman Park):
Each day begins and ends at:
Trees Atlanta TreeHouse (The Stove Works Building)
112 Krog Street NE, Suite 7, Atlanta, GA 30307
Thirsty Roots Reading Group (Preschool)
Please joint us for coffee at 10:15 am so that our group is gathered and ready to start reading at 10:30 am.
Parking is limited: view our TreeHouse location information for driving and parking instructions.
Homeschoolers and unschoolers are invited to play and learn with like-minded kids at the Trees Atlanta TreeHouse. Our homeschool programs are designed for the a-typical thinker who seeks a personal connection to Atlanta’s urban forest. We offer a unique blend of exploration on the BeltLine, environmental education and urban forest crafts for ages 4-12.