K-12 Education programs

Our Mission
Our mission is to bring native "Tree Libraries" to K-­12 schools. These libraries are composed of 15 + species of beneficial trees, shrubs and other perennials, specifically chosen for the functions and services they provide. The tree libraries become living/learning laboratories for students to research, train and work with for years to come.

Our Goal
Students that participate in our programs and workshops will learn the skills needed to install new trees and design new forests, anywhere on the planet. Our intended goals are educational innovation in K-12 schools, ecological restoration of communities, and economic development through training in agro-­ecological systems.

Our Programs
1. "We Are The Forest" - School or classroom assembly
- Digital storytelling adventure with live musical instruments from around the world, and an inspirational call to action through lively crowd participation.

2. Itree Software Training  - Field based ecosystem services data collection, modeling and report

- Using state of the art software, we work with students and teachers to collect field data, make maps, and calculate the true value of your school's trees and ecosystem services, producing a final report to be shared with school administrators. 


3. Native Tree Libraries For Schools
- We collaborate with school administration, teachers and students to develop an interdisciplinary, eco­-forestry science curriculum. Once our plan is in place, we bring a native tree library (in pots) for your school to keep, grow and learn with for years to come. 


Why Native Tree Libraries?
A ​forest is an interconnected group of perennial trees and shrubs that work together to benefit the whole system. By bringing native Tree Libraries to schools, students learn ecological systems thinking and the regenerative power of nature to solve our most pressing environmental problems. The libraries serve as a “mother block” of trees for the school to continue biology and tree propagation science for years to come.

Social Impact
Our organization and programs seek to create positive change in 3 s​ocial impact areas:​ environment, education and economy.

Environment
With increased awareness of climate change and the human impact on environment, local and national leaders are calling for on the ground solutions in community resilience, natural resource conservation through civic engagement, localized food & bio­-energy systems, and carbon reduction/sequestration programs.

We now understand the true effects of deforestation ­loss of biodiversity, soil erosion, increased air pollution, and the role forests play in the hydrological water cycle. Couple this with the aging american farmer (average age of 57), and it becomes clear that we need a new agrarian generation equipped with restorative solutions for long term ecological sustainability.

Education
The national shift in education directives and curriculum towards place based, STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Our programs teach college preparatory level biology, ecology and systems thinking, through a platform that ages 5 and up can successfully engage with.

A response to “Nature Deficit Disorder” ­ Our programs focus on outside of the classroom learning, critical thinking and problem solving. The environmental problems we face dictate the need for nature based problem solvers engaged in their communities.

Economy
The emerging trend of municipal bodies and government agencies in funding projects that utilize "ecosystem services", which means accounting for the ecological functions, public health benefits, and other intrinsic values that nature provides to society. Simply put, new forests = economic development.
Entrepreneurship through restoring ecosystems, and the "circular economy". Re­localization of the food, energy, water, building, transportation and waste sectors will provide sustainable, un­outsourceable job opportunities for decades.