2014 Trees Matter Summit

A problem-based learning opportunity for middle and high school students and teachers


Wednesday, Oct. 8, 9:30am – 1:30pm


Join us for the second annual Trees Matter Summit. Schools from local counties are invited to send teams to the Trees Matter Summit for a one-day educational and informational program. They will hear from experts in the field of forestry, environmental planning and others, gaining knowledge that they can take back to their schools to enhance the presence and importance of trees on their school grounds. They will also learn about science-based educational resources to document and demonstrate the value of trees. 


The social, economic and environmental benefits of urban and community forests are at the center of “Why Trees Matter” for Ohio’s communities and citizens. Street tree commissions, mayors, community development and economic development managers, utility companies, nurserymen, landscapers and homeowners all have a vested interest in the growth and health of trees in our urban and suburban areas.


Because today's students are tomorrow's community leaders and stakeholders, teachers and students in our school systems should be aware of and involved in this effort. The Holden Arboretum's Trees Matter Summit is designed to engage middle and high school students and teachers in a variety of efforts to increase awareness of the value of trees on their school grounds and in their communities.


After the summit, students will be asked to develop a plan for their school that will encourage and promote the value of trees. It will most likely include doing an inventory as well as working with school stakeholders to increase the green canopy on their school site. A certification with various levels of achievement is being developed by The Holden Arboretum and the Davey Tree Expert Co. Schools can obtain assistance from Holden as well as tools for doing an inventory and working through the steps of the certification.


Schools are encouraged to come back in subsequent years to gain more knowledge and to present their work to other schools. Every year the curriculum will change so that repeat attendees are always learning new information to assist in their work.


This is a free event, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Register now.

Contact Sharon Graper at 440.602.3843 or sgraper@holdenarb.org for more information or to register.