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

What Is Tree Stewardship?

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Define stewardship.
  • Discuss the possible activities of a tree steward.

Time: 30 minutes

A book about tree stewardship, such as:

  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
  • Maya and the Town that Loved a Tree by Kiki and Katherine Shaw
  • Johnny Appleseed
  • The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry


Write the definition of stewardship (the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care) on the board. After a brief discussion of the definition, ask students what it might mean to be a tree steward. Ask the class for examples of things they could do to be good tree stewards (learn about trees, care for trees, plant trees, tell others about the importance of trees).

Read one of your books about stewardship to the class and discuss how the character(s) exhibited stewardship. Tell students that henceforth they are Tree Stewards and will be learning to appreciate and care for trees this year.

Going deeper:

  • Read and discuss additional books about tree stewardship.
  • Set up a blog for students to record and share their experiences as Tree Stewards.