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Trees are Terrific Programs Educate Youth in South Suburban Cook County

Posted by Monica David -

Eight Master Gardeners from the Cook South Suburban Extension office contributed 272.5 volunteer hours presenting 23 "Trees are Terrific" Arbor Day programs from 2009 through 2014. The volunteers adapted the Extension website "Trees are Terrific" to become a face-to-face and hands-on program for pre-K through 1st grade at nine separate schools. This program introduced the schools to U of I extension web resources as well as helped municipalities earn 4 points towards Tree City USA designation. 2,177 students in nine schools actively participated and in most cases repeated the program in multiple years. The program goals were to help children aged 5-8 gain an appreciation of trees; observe trees in their everyday lives and develop an interest in further exploration of the wonders of trees.

To learn more about the work of these Master Gardeners visit their website at


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