Saturday, June 13, 2009

School Tree-Planting Programs

Many schools could use significant greening of their grounds/campuses. Trees are a big part of the answer. There are long-lasting benefits including: cleaner air, cooler temperatures, shade from the sun, and a greener overall setting for learning.

In addition, planting and caring for trees on school grounds can have a number of educational and motivational benefits for students and teaching.

Education opportunities include:

-the science of climate change,

-biological and natural sciences,

-community service development

-mathematics, reading and more.

A useful guide for school tree planting was devloped through a collaboration of the U.S. Forest Service and the Center for Watershed Protrection. Download guide. In addition to planting tips, it spells out some project logisitics and tree care information.

Another helpful tool is a Canadian guide with diagrams for tree planting to help make sure they are places properly. Download diagrams.

Additional information is available from Casey Trees

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