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“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”

– Chinese Proverb

“We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.”

-Wangari Maathai

For the Next Generation of Tree Guardians

Welcome to The Astonishing World of Trees

Trees are the vital organs of the earth—they breathe oxygen into the air; protect freshwater resources; house numerous species, and provide food, shelter, and medicines for all of us. The list of what trees do for us is astonishing!

The Astonishing World of Trees website is the bridge between science, education and the arts. We seek to help you learn to see and appreciate the trees in your immediate environment and understand the essential role they play in your lives. We want to inspire you, and your grown-ups, to plant, nurture and protect trees now; for yourselves and for the sake of future generations. And we encourage you to take the pledge of the Tree Guardians, children who respect all of nature, especially this most treasured and precious resource.

About Jeri Love

Jeri Love is a professional writer and award-winning photographer. Her photography has been included in juried shows nationwide, including galleries in Southern California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan and Vermont.

The Beauty and Wonder of Trees Project


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Astonished by Trees

A Message from Trees?

Just west of Kalamazoo, Michigan, there is a small grove of juvenile sugar maple trees, with thin, distorted trunks and scars. It is simultaneously arresting and chilling to see them. Some are at least 12 feet in height; more stalks than trees, without branches or...

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Countdown to Arbor Day 2018!

“Arbor Day…which has already transplanted itself…to every state in the American Union and has even been adopted in foreign lands…is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.”  
J. Sterling Morton,Founder of Arbor Day

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Thank Your Trees

The next time you step outside and inhale fresh air, Thank Your Trees! The next time you drink a glass of fresh, clean water, Thank Your Trees! The next time you sit in a chair or sleep in a bed, Thank Your Trees! The next time you eat a piece of fruit, Thank Your...

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