Climate-Ready Urban Forests Education

Program Overview

Tree Davis is committed to educating the community about the importance of urban trees and the practices to maintain them. The future of our climate is uncertain and there is no time like the present to prepare our urban ecosystems for the hotter and drier days that are to come. One of the key pieces for effective climate action is educating our future leaders about what they can do.

Earlier this year, we received grant funding from CALFIRE (California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection) for a Climate-Ready Urban Forestry Program at select Yolo County high schools. We are very excited for the opportunity to work with some of our local high school students to provide climate education and solutions that involve planting trees in our community!

Program Goals

This program will cover the following topics:

  • Climate Change and Urban Forestry
  • Ecosystem Services of Urban Forests
  • Economics of Urban Forests
  • Public Health Benefits of Urban Forests
  • Urban Forestry Design
  • Urban Forestry Maintenance
  • Environmental Justice
  • Civic Engagement

We hope to create an inclusive and welcoming learning environment for students to explore what roles they can play in fighting climate change. We will be interacting with them through interactive lectures, outdoor engagement activities, dialogue activities, and career experience days. Additionally, participating students will receive the California State Seal of Civic Engagement on their diplomas.

How to Get Involved

For the 2022-2023 academic year, our climate-ready urban forestry program will be functioning at Davis Senior High School, Da Vinci Charter Academy, and Washington Middle College High School, with hopes of expanding to reach students from more schools in future years. Students at the aforementioned schools can fill out this GoogleForm by December 11 by midnight.

Davis Senior High School: https://forms.gle/dhLGWTZ6cuYfMrJM7 

Meets Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30PM. 

Da Vinci Charter Academy: https://forms.gle/dhLGWTZ6cuYfMrJM7 

Meets Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00PM.

Washington Middle College High School: https://forms.gle/Lu9DzkY2Q1JxvkpG9

Meets during the Creation and Innovation Period (Fridays from 11:05AM-12:10PM).

Contact

Questions can be directed to the Environmental Education Program Manager, Elizabeth Hursh, via email at elizabeth@treedavis.org.

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