As Seen at Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

“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.”

– Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai

“The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

For the Next Generation of Tree Guardians

Welcome to The Astonishing World of Trees

The Astonishing World of Trees is a civic- and community-engagement program, that bridges schools, community and public works through the arts. We seek to help you expand your abilities to see, appreciate and value the trees in your immediate environment and understand the essential role they play in our lives.

Trees—in our neighborhoods and in forests—are the vital organs of the earth—they breathe oxygen into the air; protect freshwater resources; provide home to numerous species, and are a vital source of food, shelter and even medicine for us all. They soothe us when we’re stressed and cool us when we’re hot. As a matter of fact, the list of what trees do for us and can teach us is astonishing!

We invite you to join in the adventure of exploring the mysterious, intriguing, generous, humorous and inspirational world of trees. And we promise—you’ll be astonished by what you’ll learn, and you will never look at a tree the same way again!

About Jeri Love

Jeri Love is a professional writer, environmental educator and an award-winning Tree Photographer. Her photography has been included in solo exhibitions and juried shows nationwide, including the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, and galleries located in Southern California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan and Vermont.

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