2015 Trees Matter Summit

A problem-based learning opportunity for middle and

high school students and teachers


Wednesday, Oct. 7, 9:30am – 1:30pm


Join us for the third 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.


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.


Students will hear from experts in the fields of forestry, environmental planning and others, learn about science-based educational resources to document and demonstrate the value of trees, and and gain knowledge that they can take back to their schools to enhance the presence and importance of trees on their school grounds.


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. Contact Sharon Graper by email or by calling 440.602.3843for more information or to register.


Tree Summit Teacher Training and Information Session

Thursday, Sept. 24, 4 - 7pm

Come see what the Tree Summit is all about and how it would fit into your curriculum. Learn how i-Tree and other data systems can be used in the classroom to calculate tree benefits and map school grounds. Teachers do not have to be signed up for the Tree Summit to attend. This is the perfect time to get your questions answered about this new middle school and high school program as well as learn some tree science applications for your classroom. Teachers who are signed up for the Summit are encouraged to attend to learn more about the applications for their classroom. Others are welcome to come and learn more about the importance of trees to school grounds. We might even get up on the new Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower.


Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required. Dinner will be provided.

Direct questions to Sharon Graper, 440.602.3843.