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Trees for Schools



Planting Trees in Schools, While Fostering Youth Stewardship

Our newest program, Trees for Schools, aims to get more tree infrastructure into schools alongside teaching staff and students on the importance of trees and tree care. It goes beyond simply planting the tree--the maintenance and care of the tree that follows is critical to the success of the tree. We are determined to educate schools on this by having the students, staff, and maintenance crews be an integral part of not only the planting itself, but also the education that informs them on how to care for their new trees in the long term. We are happy to collaborate with school districts within the Valley to get more trees into schools!

Please note that we prioritize schools that are Title I schools and are located in high priority areas (red) in a Tree Prioritization Map created generously by Maricopa County Public Health office of Epidemiology and Data Services! 

A huge thank you MCPH for creating a map for our program using poverty rate, number of heat deaths, heat illness, cardiovascular disease hospitalizations and a layer for schools. Click HERE for more details on the map.


This program is on a funded project-by-project basis and, therefore, school plantings happen throughout the year. We are currently creating a development plan and looking for long term funding opportunities, so we can meet the large demand for this program. We welcome partnerships and collaboration from parent teacher associations, other nonprofits, businesses, and municipalities. 

Our Program in Action

Fall 2019 Tree Plantings
Holmes ElementarySunridge Elementary, Desert Sands, & Frank Borman Elementary

Trees Matter planted 3 trees at Holmes Elementary in September. Then in October & November, 3 trees were planted at Sunridge, 10 trees at Desert Sands, and 15 trees at Frank Borman Elementary. Students were directly involved in all plantings. 
To view photos from the plantings, click here!

Spring 2019 Tree Plantings
Longview ElementarySunridge Elementary, & Coronado Elementary

Trees Matter planted 25 trees at Longview Elementary, with the help of over 60 volunteers in celebration of Arbor Day! Then, 6 trees were planted between Sunridge & Coronado Elementary, and the students were directly involved in these plantings. 
To view photos from the plantings, click here!

Fall 2018 Tree Plantings
Simpson Elementary, Cordova Elementary

Trees Matter planted 23 trees between these two schools in the Alhambra School District. Over 800 students were involved in the planting process. 
To view photos from the plantings, click here!

Spring 2018 Tree Planting
Hudson Elementary School,
Tempe Elementary School District

Trees Matter planted 13 trees, with the help of 500 students who actively participated in the planting process. The school staff and maintenance crew, PTA members, and our Trees Matter team & board members were involved.
To view more photos from this planting, click here!

Fall 2017 Tree Plantings
Washington Elementary, Mesa Public Schools & David Crockett Elementary, Balsz School District

Trees Matter led a planting of three trees at each school and taught students how to plant and care for the trees. Afterwards, we distributed our 'My Tree Activity Book' for use in future classroom activities. 
To view more photos from this planting, click here!

Fall 2016 Tree Plantings 
Sunland Elementary,Amy L. Houston Academy, Irene Lopez, 
Roosevelt Elementary School District

Trees Matter provided 35 trees and trained over 50 staff members within the Roosevelt School District who planted the trees with the assistance of a certified arborist.
To view more photos from this planting, click here!

My Tree Activity Book
3rd Grade Level Science Standards

An activity guide we developed that corresponds with 3rd grade level science standards. A fun activity that can be done with family and friends!
To view or download the activity book, click here.



Trees for School Map
The map below shows schools where Trees Matter has planted trees through our Trees for Schools program.


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