Teacher Resources

Bring fun into learning about Arbor Day at school and at home.

The Georgia Trail of Trees

Tim Womick, known to many as the modern-day Johnny Appleseed and often referred to as simply "the tree guy," will be performing his Trail of Trees at elementary, middle and high school Arbor Day celebrations throughout the state during the week leading up to Georgia's Arbor Day. For more information or to inquire about a Trail of Trees performance, contact Joan Scales at 678-476-6226.

Key Points for Teachers to Know

Arbor Day presents an annual opportunity for Georgia's communities to reach across barriers of age, income, geography, culture, and politics to learn about the benefits of trees and to work at improving the state's tree population. Teachers and students have always been important to Arbor Day. In fact, if you polled people on the street about their thoughts of Arbor Day, most will probably recall their fun school yard moments of planting trees. With these resources, your students will be able to go home and teach their families about the value of healthy trees. They can even direct their parents to the Georgia Forestry Commission web pages to plant trees in their yards and join neighborhood public tree events.

To get you started, the major issue points for students to learn about healthy trees are:

  • Georgia grows trees for two reasons. Rural trees are managed through sustainable forestry to create one of Georgia's greatest commercial industries - wood and wood products people need in daily life. In our towns and cities, trees are grown and cared for to provide economic, environmental, and social values for everyone.
  • Approximately 50 acres of forested land is lost each day in Georgia's urban environments because of rapid land development. While development meets the needs of a growing city, maintaining trees and their health is even more important because of the economic, environmental, health and social values trees bring to daily life.
  • The health of new and existing trees is dependent on elected officials, businesses, and residents working together to create and enforce best practices for tree maintenance, local tree ordinances, and seeking advice from experts within Georgia's tree community.
  • Urban residents benefit from trees in savings on utility bills, increased property values, cleaner water and air, and environments that discourage crime and enhance the learning capabilities of children. Business thrives in tree-lined districts, which attracts more business and adds to the economic vitality of the region.
  • Many community values are dependent on the health of our trees. The concern for their health is everyone's responsibility. Everyone needs to take a leadership role in increasing funding and programs for parks, trees, and greenspace.

It's your urban forest, learn it, grow it, maintain it, enjoy it.