Kids4Trees is a 501(c)(3). not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide enthusiastic and responsible environmental stewardship and healthy lifestyle programs, focusing on underserved and disconnected elementary school children. Kids4Trees believes that it is absolutely vital that all children are exposed to nature and healthy choices, and have access to policies and programming essential to the sustainability of our planet and the creation of its stewards. Kids4Trees serves children throughout the United States.
Welcome to Kids4Trees!
KIDS4TREES COMMENCES ITS LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LOS ANGELES CONSERVATION CORPS, MILLION TREESLA, US FOREST SERVICE, LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT, US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, CALIFORNIA FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, CITY OF LOS ANGELES/LAUSD/RECYCLING, LOS ANGELES BUREAU OF STREET SERVICES AND OTHER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
Following our successful September 2012 Kids4Trees program for 500 students at Malabar Elementary School, the LA Conservation Corps and Kids4Trees joined forces to expand the program throughout the LAUSD for K-6 students. Thanks to a recently obtained CalFire Environmental Education Grant Award we now have commenced, in partnership with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, to provide 24 elementary schools with the 1/2 day Kids4Trees program, every other school week which commenced September, 2013 and will continue app. every 2 weeks through 2015.
The LAUSD is the second largest school district in the United States, with almost 700,000 students, half of which are in elementary schools, usually with a majority of students from low-income families and minority students. California law mandates the teaching of outdoor environmental education; however, most schools cannot afford to offer such a course. The half-day Kids4Trees program helps satisfy this requirement, with rotating 15-minute workshops covering trees, soil/water, wildlife, recycling/litter, Climate Change and public lands. This is followed by tree planting exercises, children singers and inspirational speakers. The classes are invited to learn tree songs from the multilingual 12 tree song CD, approved by the California Dept. of Education, to sing at events, The students are also encouraged to prepare paintings or other art relating to trees and environment. Kids4Trees hopes to add app. 15 programs each year in the Angeles NF, depending on our ability to raise funds for bus transportation for 200-250 students per day.
Kids4Trees, a national participating partner with the USDA Forest Service, and partner with the World Olympians Association, has been endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Billion Tree Campaign, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Association (San Francisco), OAK (Outdoor Alliance for Kids), National Wildlife Federation, Children&Nature Network, Prince Albert II Foundation of Monaco, Discover the Forest, California Department of Education, and many others.
Kids4Trees, a California nonprofit IRS 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation, was organized in 2008 for the purpose of providing meaningful and enjoyable outdoor forest education, compatible with the philosophy and policies of the Forest Service, which will result in thousands of young, impressionably-aged children becoming stewards of their forests and the environment. In school programs the children plant trees on campus and often in pots to take home and plant in their gardens or nearby parks, whereby they can water and care for “their” trees.
Kids4Trees is dedicated to providing free outdoor environmental education and planting programs and events, which include related forest information kits, music, children’s concerts, and environmental art. Kids4Trees is also dedicated to combating the nature-deficit disorders, including obesity, suffered by our increasingly sedentary youth, whose intimacy with nature is rapidly fading and focused on technology often leading to various forms of nature-deficit disorders. The average child in the US spends app. 45 sedentary hours per week in front of computer screens, cell phones and television.
For pictorial examples of our programs, please view the following Pdf presentation, prepared 2008-2012.
Kids4Trees thanks again the following Olympians for their voluntary participation:
United States Olympians Association
Willie Banks, President
Atlanta/Oconee NF (separate locations)
Santa Fe NM
Salt Lake City
Midewin Tallgrass Prairie (Chicago)