39 Days of IDEAS | Day 10: Inspiring next-gen nature lovers

September 16, 2014
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Modeled after their adult TreeKeepers program, Junior TreeKeepers debuted this summer with a two-week curriculum focusing on having fun while learning in the Atlanta BeltLine’s Arboretum—the world’s longest arboretum, installed by Trees Atlanta.

To create the program, said co-ED and COO Connie Veates, Trees Atlanta looked into the kinds of activities that local and national organizations like theirs were putting together for young audiences, and realized that there was truly a need for this type of programming in Atlanta. “Based on this research,” said Veates, “we then developed an Atlanta-specific curriculum, with a strong focus on getting youth outside to learn about the urban forest and experience service-oriented projects in a way that was really enjoyable.”

The Trees Atlanta mission includes “not only planting and caring for trees, but also educating people,” said Veates. “We are working to build environmental stewards, and we believe in starting at a young age.” Just a week into the program, Veates reported, “campers are already asking if they can come back next year.” They’ll certainly get the chance—Junior TreeKeepers will be back for summer 2015, expanding from two to four weeks.

 

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