Nature Works Everywhere: Urban Trees


Activity Description: 

Students will learn about how trees are an essential part of our lives with a focus on the role they play in urban areas, including energy considerations.  They then consider threats posed to trees, including non-native insects, domestic animal waste, and erosion.  Students then evaluate the potential impact of local tree conservation efforts and design a plan for their community.


Students will understand:

  • How do trees benefit humans and the environment?
  • What threats do trees face? 
  • What can people do to protect and promote trees in their community?

For each group of students/individual student:

  • Notebook paper/journal
  • Map of school ground and/or community


  • SmartPhone or tablet
  • Fan (can be made from paper or powered)


Three 45-minute periods
The Nature Conservancy and Discovery Education,