Learn to plant and maintain strong, healthy trees that will thrive for generations.


Trade Books for students

Learning about Trees and Oaks

The Oak Tree by Laura Jane Coats

The Oak Tree by Gordon Morrison

Grandmother Oak by Rosi Dagit

In a Nutshell by Joeseph Anthony

A Log’s Life by E. Wendy Pfeffer

The Gift of the Tree by Alvin R. Tresselt

Are Trees Alive? by Debbie S. Miller

Outside and Inside Trees by Sandra Markle

The Life Cycle of a Tree by Bobbie Kalman

Usborne First Nature: Trees by Ruth Thomson

Eyewitness: Tree (Eyewitness Books)

Tree Stewardship

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Maya and the Town that Loved a Tree by Kiki and Katherine Shaw

Johnny Appleseed

Trees and Ecosystems

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

In the Heart of the Village (The World of the Indian Banyan Tree) by Barbara Bash

Ancient Ones (The World of the Old-Growth Douglas Fir) by Barbara Bash

Tree of Life (The World of the African Baobab) by Barbara Bash

Desert Giant (The World of the Saguaro Cactus) by Barbara Bash

The Tree in the Ancient Forest by Carol Reed-Jones

Tree Products

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Reference and additional reading for adults

Oak: The Frame of Civilization by William Bryant Logan

Oaks of California by Bruce Pavlik, Pamela Muick and Sharon Johnson

The Natural History of the Oak Tree by Richard Lewington and David Streeter

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

The Life of an Oak by Glenn Keator


Outdoor education resources, field guides, books about oaks

Acorn Naturalists

Student thermometers, ultraviolet beads, measuring tape

Lakeshore Learning


Wide variety of environmental education songs-CDs and songbooks

Banana Slug String Band 

Online sites for students

Tree Steward forum, online guide (with photos) to trees in the Sacramento region, free downloadable coloring book, Acorn Kids Club

Sacramento Tree Foundation 

Games, puzzles, activities, online tree identification guide

Arbor Day Foundation 

Links to sites with games, activities, and coloring pages



Gallery of Urban Trees- guide with photos

Friends of the Urban Forest 

National Wildlife Federation 

Online curriculum resources

American Forests 

Home of the Treetures, A Tree for Every Child (grades 3-5)

Free outdoor education activities from the Lawrence Hall of Science

Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies (OBIS)

Oak tree curriculum for 4-8 grade students by author of the original Seed to Seedling.

California Oak Foundation

PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide for all attending a free/low-cost professional development.

Project Learning Tree

K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide available to those attending low-cost workshop

Project WILD 

Standards-aligned interactive CD-ROM curriculum about California habitats

California Institute for Biodiversity 

Field Trips

Standards-aligned environmental education school programs for grades 2-4

UC Davis Arboretum

Find state parks in your region

California Department of Parks and Recreation 

Find parks, and the amenities they provide, in the city of Sacramento

Sacramento Parks 

Check your local college campus. Many state university and community college campuses have developed arboreta and nature areas with a wide variety of trees.