Tree canopies in schoolyards, and tree education, play a vital role in Chesapeake ecosystems and the wellbeing of its communities. By adopting tree canopy initiatives schools create environmental stewards who strengthen community resilience for present and future generations.
There are many ways schools, education authorities, and communities can go about this. Initiatives can include meaningful watershed educational experiences, restoration projects, environmental literacy planning, green school certifications, and other goals within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. The resources below provide more information and guidance on ways to strengthen the relationship between schools, students, and trees. Trees and Schools: Growing the Connection was created for this purpose and is collecting stakeholder input through March 1st.
Trees and Schools Resource Guide
The Sustainable Schools list is an appendix of schools within the watershed that have received recognized Green School Certification as of 2017.
A set of Project Learning Tree STEM curricula to accompany tree plantings.
From Bay Backpack, for environmental education in the Chesapeake watershed.
i-Tree is a suite of free online tools developed by Project Learning Tree, USFS, and its partners. It helps students discover and analyze the ecosystem services trees provide.
Project Learning Trees curriculum offerings are for students of all ages to gain awareness, knowledge, and avenues for environmental action.
Resources on how to implement green schoolyards and teach outdoors from the Children and Nature Network.
Free Chesapeake Bay related resources and support for Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences and hands-on learning.
A tree-centric database from the Arbor Day Foundation containing different environmental curriculum for all ages, subjects, and budgets.
The Learning about Forestry Pathway is a blueprint for schools to increase tree cover. It includes resources, audits, checklists, and curricula.
The Cacapon Institute is taking on projects to increase tree canopy at schools in West Virginia.