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.
Click the green bars to learn more about our Youth Education programs.
Acorn Club (Grades K - 6)
Acorn Club members can expect:
- A membership card mailed to each Acorn Club member and special emails on Arbor Day and other notable events
- Quarterly emails with brief environmental lessons and activities designed to encourage stepping outside or bringing nature indoors.
- Invitations to Acorn Club and youth education events.
- A personalized “acorn” on our membership tree. Acorn Club members can move their acorn up the tree each time they volunteer with Trees Atlanta and earn their way up the canopy. After six (6) volunteer projects, youth can earn their own volunteer t-shirt!
- Early enrollment opportunities for camps and 10% discount on camp fees.
- Membership fee is $10/year per youth.
Girl Scout & Boy Scout Badge Program
Girl Scouts: Naturalist Badge – Trees
Cadettes can earn their “Trees” badge. Visit the Trees Atlanta TreeHouse, 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 their requirement to earn one of their Legacy Badges!
Cub Scouts: Into the Woods Badge
Cub Scouts can earn their “Into the Woods” badge. Visit the Trees Atlanta TreeHouse and complete 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!
Scout leaders and parents can contact the education team to schedule a group program (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or check our website calendar for scheduled programs throughout the year. We ask for a $10 donation per participant. To inquire about other badge programs, please email or call us.
Following the program, scouts and parents can sign-up for a tree planting/maintenance project to complete the requirements to earn their badge. 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!
Junior TreeKeeper Camp
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!
- October 10, 2016
- October 11, 2016
- November 8, 2016
- February 17, 2017
- February 20, 2017
- February 21, 2017
- March 17, 2017
Spring Break Camp:
- April 3-7, 2017
- June 5-9, 2017
- June 12-16, 2017
- June 19-23, 2017
- June 26-30, 2017
- July 10-14, 2017
- July 17-21, 2017
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
Check the Junior TreeKeeper Camp page for more camp details.
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.
*Thirsty Roots Reading Group meets every Monday year-round EXCEPT during Junior TreeKeeper Camp days. Please view our calendar of events for an updated schedule.
Urban Forest Explorers: Homeschool Edition
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.
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.
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
Trees Atlanta is an approved environmental education provider for the Atlanta Public Schools (APS).