Urban Forestry Partnerships in Education

September 18, 2008
National Webcast
There are many reasons to partner urban and community forestry with traditional education, but probably they all come back to laying the foundations of future citizens who are learned, capable, and responsible. Such experiences are valuable to our students. But there’s also something in it for you. Community partners can benefit from collaborative arrangements with schools by gaining visibility and recognition for contributions, pre-screening summer workers, influencing curriculum, and improving the community’s quality of life and economic development in general.

Downloadable Resources:
John Bowne Manual
Urban Forestry Partnerships in Education Resource List
Nancy Wolf, Magnolia Tree Earth Center (New York, NY)
Started by the NY State U&CF Council, John Bowne High School in Flushing, NY operates a Grow Out Nursery based on the National Tree Trust model. Using Arbor Day seedlings, students care for the trees for at least three years prior to distributing containerized trees to other schools in the region as well as New York City. The nursery is tied into the plant science curriculum, and also developed a manual for how other schools can start and operate a similar nursery. As an extension of the program, Bartlett sponsors one student each summer, and trains him/her in the arboriculture field.
Peggy Davis, Executive Director, LSU Hilltop Arboretum (Baton Rouge, LA)
While the Education Director at Baton Rouge Green, the organization ran about 10 in-service Saturday workshops for classroom teachers each year. Each session was 2-3 hours, and utilized the Project Learning Tree curriculum. The program was run through the local school board and also included a tree planting aspect. Now the Executive Director at Friends of Hilltop Arboretum, Peggy is developing a similar program using Project Learning Tree and partnering with the LSU Forestry Department.
Brown Bag attendees will learn:
* Planning and commitment.
* Partnerships and funding.
* Curriculum based teaching.
* Educating in schools versus educating in communities.
* Hands-on environmental education as a powerful tool.
* Benefits of environment-based learning applications such as improved test scores, increased student attention, decreased aggression, encourage physical activity, and engaged citizens.
About the Brown Bag Lunch Series
The Brown Bag Lunch Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast series held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.
CEU Approved: 1 Hour
CFE Category 1 Approved: 1 Hour