Thank you for your interest in the Treetures Program. The program offers activity guides, coloring book, posters, 300 page web site, science story books, tree planting programs plans and the opportunity to have a Treeture character visit your school or event. This program is offered to schools and approved events.
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Treetures were created by Judith Hope Blau who is a children's author and children’s product designer. Working collaboratively for over 20 years with many partnerships, The Treetures Environmental Education Program developed into a quality, hands-on educational program for elementary schools and community environmental educators. The goal of Treetures is to help each child find his/her “Green Heart.”
The Treetures slogan, “Because of Me, There Grows a Tree” expresses the hope that each child will be inspired do his/her share by adding the gift of a tree to our Earth.
The Treeture characters are whimsical illustrated creatures that guide children through discovery activities that are developmentally appropriate and scientifically accurate. The Treetures Activity Guide, “Growing with the Treetures”, contains activities that are correlated with Benchmarks For Science Literacy, the national recommended standards for math, science and technology, suggested by The American Association For The Advancement of Science. Just meeting the Treeture characters and learning their names and jobs helps teach a child how a tree functions.
Each Treeture character personifies a scientific concept. For example; Rootie and Roothie teach children about water, nutrients and mineral absorption; Autumn, a Leaf Turner, helps leaves reveal their true colors in the fall and Humus, the Super Compost Chef shows us that “Everyone needs a good sense of Humus.” Treetures are mnemonic devices. When a junior high school student learns about photosynthesis, she will remember the Treetures, Chlorophyll and Chlorophyllis. Capillary action will bring to mind Phloemina and her Xylemphone. Treeture activities use fantasy to introduce science.
The goal of the program is to offer material that is simple, concise and accurate. Interest in the natural world is piqued as students are introduced to forest friends. Children learn the social, economic and environmental value of trees while participating in activities that are motivating and enriching. Each child learns what his/her role is and how personal actions and decisions influence the environment.
Why use the Treetures in your classrooms? Treetures speak to children on their level. They are exciting and lovable; children become enamored with Treetures and listen intently to the information they impart. The Treeture Program offers activities that cover concepts such as capillary action, transpiration and ecological interdependence. It also includes activities that reinforce skills such as spatial relations, measurement, sequence and decision-making. Supplementing your curriculum with Treeture activities will add the "little extra" needed to make your lessons and classroom special. Each activity includes background information for the teacher as well as procedures and resources.-
Science is a process, the process of becoming aware of oneself, others and the environment. Children learn through their senses and personal experiences. The Treeture Program is a vehicle for children to delve into the natural world. In a "nutshell," the Treeture Program helps instill a positive environmental ethic and offers students the opportunity to realize how important they are in determining the future of their world.
Treetures reflect the support and expertise of government agencies and non profit organizations like: USDA Forest Service, National Tree Trust, American Forests, Tree Trust, International Society of Arboriculture, America the Beautiful Fund and Trees America. Corporate support from Davey Tree Care Company has been important in helping Treetures send its message of tree care and tree planting to our youth.
*Please note: Use of the costume is free of charge, however there is a costume shipping charge that varies with the location of the event and there is a cleaning fee, as well. P.T.A. or other sponsors can underwrite this.