Youth Environmental Literacy K-12

Trees New York’s educational programs increase students’ environmental literacy, enrich their civic engagement and give them a competitive academic edge.

The objective of Trees New York’s Youth Environmental Literacy Programs is to raise students’ awareness of environmental issues while advancing their reading, language and investigative skills. Students are empowered to become advocates for and stewards of the urban environment through service-learning projects that improve their communities.

Tree Stewardship
Hands-on activities for grades K-12. Remove litter from tree beds, pull invasive weeds, cultivate the soil, mulch, water, plant flowers, and install “Curb Your Dog” signs. Students are encouraged to adopt the trees they work on to continue on-going tree stewardship.

Schools and Trees
A tree planting program for grades K-12 with a lesson on the importance of trees and how to care for them. Trees New York supplies trees and tools. Trees are planted with the students on school property.

FruiTrees New York
A food justice program for grades 6-12 to learn about where our food comes from, the importance of growing your own food, and buying local. Lessons include tree planting, pruning, pollination, soil science, and fruit-tasting.

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Thank you Con Edison for supporting our Youth Environmental Literacy Program! Here is a quote from one of our partner schools. “Lessons aligned well with the curriculum and helped students understand their urban forest and their responsibilities in protecting it. I had a great experience. I would love to have educators from Trees New York visit us next year!” said Angelica Lopez

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