TreeWise Summer Youth Program
TreeWise is Casey Trees’ nature-and place-based summer education program, developed to get youth ages 6-10 outdoors and foster appreciation and understanding of trees through fun, hands-on activities. All summer youth programs located within 25 miles of our headquarters are eligible to request a TreeWise session for your program. Activities focus on tree biology and care and include scavenger hunts, leaf and bark rubbings, tree identification, measurement and watering exercises and more. All activities are tailored to be age and/or grade appropriate. Sessions take place outside rain or shine with the exception of lightning and severe weather.
Summer 2013 sessions were held June 24 to July 19 at youth program sites and July 22 to August 9 at the U.S. National Arboretum. Available TreeWise sessions are limited so they will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Once they are filled you are welcome to sign up your program to be put on a waiting list. Applications will be open again in 2014.
Applicants must have an organized summer youth program and coordinate a date and time with us to participate. To create an effective learning environment:
- Each session is limited to 25 youth participants. Programs with a greater number of youth can host multiple workshops during the same or later date.
- Three adult chaperones must be present throughout the activity or lesson to provide assistance with the activities.
- Each session must be targeted at a different group of youth participants (three sessions per day).
Since trees are incorporated into all of our activities, your summer program site must have, or be in close proximity to a green space, including park, playground or street trees. Our second round of sessions from July 22 to August 9 will take place at the U.S. National Arboretum in northeast D.C. Additionally, youth must be willing and have permission to get a little dirty.
Request a TreeWise Session
To request TreeWise to work with your summer youth program participants, you can complete and submit an online application during the application period. Applications are closed for 2013 and will be open again in 2014.
If you have questions about the next season of TreeWise, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.