T…Trees Atlanta: Growing Trees and Family Fun

Did you know that Atlanta is known as the city in the forest? Or that the tree canopy in Atlanta covers almost half of the city, 47.9%  percent to be exact?

Atlanta has the country’s densest urban tree canopy. Keeping this canopy is no small feat however since Atlanta is still expanding and new buildings are popping up everyday.

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Trees Atlanta is one of the many organizations in Atlanta that helps protect and improve Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating. Trees Atlanta is a nationally-recognized non-profit citizens’ group founded in 1985. They serve the Metro Atlanta area and focus primarily on those communities within the City’s outer belt.

So what does Trees Atlanta have to do with Summer fun? Well I am sure you are aware of the Atlanta BeltLine, but did you know that Trees Atlanta is one of the organizations that keeps many sections of the BeltLine pristine?

Trees Atlanta offers free Atlanta Beltline Arboretum Tours for the entire family. These 1 mile tours which are led by expertly trained Trees Atlanta docents will educate attendees on the design and history of the Atlanta BeltLine, the horticultural collections of the Arboretum, and the positive changes the project is having on Atlanta communities. Have your cell phone handy so that you can interact with the If Trees Could Sing installations and hear some of your favorite musicians talk about their favorite trees.

But that’s not all. Trees Atlanta has a variety of youth education programs.

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If you have a Scout be sure to check out the 2 hr programs that helps scouts earn their nature focused badges. If you have a child in grades K-6th make sure you sign them up for the Acorn Club. The cost is $10 per year.

Acorn Club is an environmental stewardship program for children who are eager to learn more about our urban forest.

Little ones will love the weekly Thirsty Roots Reading Club where they will  learn about the outdoors through nature-themed book readings and hands-on arts & craft projects.

If you are looking for a summer program Trees Atlanta has Junior TreeKeeper Camps June-July.

They also offer BreakAway camps and Spring Break camps.

During camps Junior TreeKeepers will experience a new adventure everyday! They will explore the outdoors with hands-on activities in environmental science, biking the Atlanta BeltLine, field trips to local attractions and more fun!

Trees Atlanta also has programs for homeschoolers and public schools. Our family has attended many homeschool days and my children really enjoy their time with Sabrina the Youth Education Coordinator for Trees Atlanta. Before you hit the BeltLine with your children be sure to also pick up the BeltLine Clue Town booklet which is an educational scavenger hunt.

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One of our family’s favorite things to do together is service projects. We volunteer at nursing homes, volunteer at Save the Horses, put together shoeboxes filled with gifts for Operation Christmas Child, donate to Operation Homefront, and volunteer with Trees Atlanta.

Trees Atlanta has a variety of ways to volunteer and even children can get involved. So if your family is looking for a way to dig in to help our beautiful city and make some fun summer memories check out all the volunteer opportunities that are available.

If you haven’t been to the Trees Atlanta Treehouse or Arboretum on the Atlanta BeltLine be sure to check them out this summer. As you can see this hidden gem offers something for the entire family.

Love this idea? See our complete list of Summer Activities A-Z here. It begins June 1, 2017…and my incredible blogger friends like Kathy will share a new idea every other day throughout the entire summer.

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Kathy quit her full time job in July 2011 to become a stay at home/homeschool mom to her two children. Besides being a busy mother she is also a devoted wife, blogger, fieldtrip expert, naturalist and social media guru. She lives in Georgia just north of the hustling and bustling city of Atlanta. When she is not tending to children or managing the largest homeschool group in the Southeast USA, she enjoys blogging, scrapbooking, hiking, geocaching, arts/crafts, traveling and watching movies. Read more about the Balman family homeschool journey on their blog, http://www.kathysclutteredmind.com.



When thinking about summer fun one of my family’s favorite “cool down” places to visit is the Alliance Theatre.

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