2005 National Arbor Day Awards
Award for Education Innovation
TreeKeepers Kids, Detroit, Michigan
TreeKeepers Kids (TKK), a program of The Greening of Detroit, reaches children in grades K-12. Through TKK, children learn about nature first-hand as they design and implement a wildlife habitat on school grounds. Integrating into the science, math, social studies, and music curricula, the program now directly involves nearly 5,000 students in 34 schools, with 1,520 more students benefiting indirectly through the beautification of their schools. TKK has been able to expand with the help organizations including the Toyota USA Foundation, Ford Motor, Allstate, and the Garden Club of America.
Take a Tree Walk, written by Jane Kirkland
Take a Tree Walk, written by Jane Kirkland and published by Stillwater Publishing, Lionville, Pennsylvania. Take a Tree Walk is a vividly illustrated book that takes young readers on a walk to learn about trees. It features learning activities, designed to inspire young readers to begin their own real-life adventure-the search to find and identify trees. Through Take a Tree Walk, Jane Kirkland encourages readers to explore the natural world around them.