City Of Trees Curriculum

Part of the City of Trees Initiative is to educate our community about the importance and value of city trees. Through environmental education, Jersey City residents can gain a more appreciation for the natural world that surrounds them by exploring the environmental issues that are impacting their community, developing their own solutions, and ultimately taking action to improve their urban environment.  One of the ways that the City is doing this is through the implementation of the City of Trees Curriculum in Jersey City schools.

The City of Trees Curriculum gives students the opportunity to learn about the history of trees and explores the different types of forests that inhabit our City’s environment.  In addition, encourages students to learn more about best practices for maintaining city trees healthy and vibrant, as this is an important ingredient to increasing our Jersey City’s tree canopy. Finally, students have an opportunity to investigate how trees and climate change are interconnected and how increasing our Jersey City tree canopy can help reduce climate change not only in our beautiful City but also the world.

As an educator, you can integrate certain key aspects of this curriculum into your own. For example, our tree mapping technology can be incorporated into any computer or science class (i.e., Environmental Biology and Chemistry Sciences). However, you do not have to be an environmental science expert to use this material. Other fields such the field of art can certainly utilize this curriculum as a great resource, especially if you are interested in implementing nature photography or drawing in your classes.

For more options about curriculum involvement centered on trees, look at Project Learning Tree.  Project Learning Tree is a great resource for anyone who wants to get involved in environmental education projects. They have tips on recycling, composting, and how to take walks around your own neighborhood and local parks. Tree education can come from anyone at any time of the year.