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

Urban Forest Stewardship

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of urban forests.
  • Assess the value of the urban forest in their school community.
  • Advocate for the further development of the urban forest in their school community.

Time: 60 minutes


For each student:

  • Materials for letter writing

For the class:

  • Internet, local phone books to locate addresses of letter recipients


1. Decide which type of tree you would like to have planted in your study area.

  • Discuss and synthesize the findings from your inventory and prior investigations into the many benefits of trees.
  • Think about the trees that you have studied during the course of Seed to Seedling and consider the trees that seem to be thriving in the area.
  • Use the tree guide at sactree.com to learn more about the trees that do best in your region.

2. Determine who needs to be contacted to add a tree to your study area.

  • Depending on your study area, this may be your school administrator, district administration, or a department of local government.
  • Use the Internet or local phone books to locate addresses of letter recipients.
  • Potential tree planting contacts could include:

Your city’s urban forest or parks department

Local urban forest nonprofits such as Sacramento Tree Foundation, Woodland Tree Foundation and Roseville Urban Forest Foundation.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Department

3. Write letters.

  • Discuss and model appropriate letter writing format.
  • Review information that should be included in each letter (the research you have conducted regarding the value of trees, the reasons you would like to plant another tree and why you have chosen a specific type of tree).

Going deeper:

Prepare a newsletter that tells the school community about your research and urban forest stewardship activities. Include information about who to contact regarding the planting of additional trees.