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International HUG A TREE Day!

#HugATree today ~ Let’s show our love for trees around the world.

Vancouver, BC — 03/10/2017 — Today is the first-ever International Hug a Tree Day! Trees do so much for us so get outside and hug a tree – or lots of trees!

A Yale University report estimated that there are more than three trillion trees worldwide. That’s about 450 trees for every person on the planet to hug so get hugging!

Trees do so much and never ask for anything in returnHere are just a few things trees do for us:

  • provide oxygen and clean the air
  • provide homes and habitats for humans and animals
  • provide shade shielding children from harmful UV rays
  • combat climate change
  • filter water and prevent water pollution
  • provide  fruit, wood, and shade
  • reduce stress, violence and even help heal peopleThe ChariTree Foundation came up with the ‘International Hug a Tree Day’ idea because it’s a fun way to get kids around the globe outside to appreciate nature. In our fast-paced 24/7 world, slowing down is key. When kids, adults –
    anyone hugs a tree they can slow down into the moment and really think about the tree they are hugging. ChariTree wants to help change the way you think about trees and forests.

Trees are underestimated.

We are learning more and more bout trees. A recent talk at TEDSummit 2016 by forest ecologist Suzanne Simard. She says “A forest is much more than what you see.”  Trees talk to each other and even recognize their offspring.

Trees can count, communicate and even care for each other. These are just a few of the secrets that Peter Wohlleben, a German forest ranger and best-selling author of the book “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries From a Secret World,” observes: “They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the ‘Wood Wide Web’ – and, for reasons unknown, keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots.”

Sadly the Yale University report also stated that nearly 15 billion trees are lost each year due to deforestation and the number of trees on Earth has almost halved since the beginning of human civilization. Considering all that trees do for us, please take a moment today to hug a tree.

 

So what can you do to show your appreciation?

Get outside and hug a tree. If you want you can send a selfie or a photo of you hugging a tree or just tweet: I just hugged a tree! — and add these tags below:

#HugATree @love_trees #trees #forests #LeadonClimate #climatechange #InternationalHugATreeDay

 

 


Free tree seedlings for children – Let’s Celebrate Canada’s 150th by Planting Trees!

Vancouver, BC — 03/09/2017 — The ChariTree Foundation provides free tree seedlings to children who in turn plant them through local restoration projects at camps and schools across Canada.  These children’s organizations must have a plan to care for the trees after planting.

These days many children have less time and fewer opportunities to connect with nature. This is a real loss because research shows that contact with nature makes kids feel better about themselves. ChariTree strives to give as many children as they can a tree of their own. It’s about supporting environmental education programs for children, reforestation, creating wildlife habitats and climate change solutions  ~ as well as an opportunity for kids to connect with nature and contribute positively to their world.

A Wish Tree for every child
“ChariTree grew out of my wish to help children and the world,” says Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director, ChariTree Foundation. When children receive a Wish Tree, they get to plant it and make a wish for the world. Every time they return to visit or care for their tree they can make more wishes – for anything! They can write their wishes on 100% recycled paper and tie them to their tree or simply say their wish by their tree.

“I wish everyone would deeply understand that trees are the lungs of the earth, and we all breathe together,” says Shannon an elementary school student from West Bolton, Ontario.
“I am so proud of every child that has planted a tree in the last ten years,” said Koehle Jones. “These kids are going to be changemakers,” she continued. “Helping a child plant a tree might seem like a small thing but imagine if all children were given an opportunity to plant a tree,” said Koehle Jones.

You can ask your child what they love about nature and if they have a wish for the planet. If they want they (or camp directors, parents and teachers) can post it here to send out their wish to the world: http://www.charitree-foundation.org/wish4theplanet/Also anyone can post wishes on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat with these tags #wish4theplanet and @wish4theplanet and send #goodkarma out – now when the world needs it most.
Also anyone can post wishes on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat with these tags #wish4theplanet and @wish4theplanet and send #goodkarma out – now when the world needs it most.

ChariTree Foundation 2017 Camp Tree Planting Program

For the ninth year, CCA partners with Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director, ChariTree Foundation, to offer free seedlings to all Canadian camps. Planting a tree is a powerful way to teach kids that they have the power to make Canada and the world a better place.

This program is open to all Canadian camps, including camps that planted trees in previous years. We urge all camps to participate and to benefit from the program while celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.

  1. Ordering

By April 10, 2017, contact your provincial representative (listed below) and place your order including the number of trees and the location where they will be planted. You may choose to plant between 40 and 800 trees.  Andrea accesses the tress from nurseries in each province; therefore, the seedlings are suitable for growing conditions in your province.  The trees are usually packed in packages of 20 in cardboard boxes.

  1. Delivery

You will be notified by your representative precisely when and where the trees are available for pick up in your province (the date will be within the last two weeks of June).  Andrea’s commitment is to deliver the total order for each province to one location, which is chosen by the provincial representative.  Your representative will notify each participating camp of this location prior to submitting your order to Andrea.  Each camp is responsible for collecting their order from this location or pre-arranging to pay for delivery to their campsite. Andrea has found that Greyhound bus is the least expensive way to ship seedlings.  If you do not receive your seedlings on the expected date, please notify your provincial representative.

The trees may be stored in a dark, cool place for a maximum of two weeks before planting.

The camp agrees to:

  • Go online promptly and acknowledge the receipt of their trees directly to Andrea.  To access the ChariTree Feedback form visit http://www.charitree-foundation.org/resources-and-tools/tree-planting-project. Camps that do not meet this obligation will forgo the opportunity to access trees in future years.
  • attach or email Andrea (andrea@charitree-foundation.org) photos of the children holding or planting the seedlings. Andrea needs this information to post on her site, in media and to satisfy her donors that their contribution is being used wisely and assists her in seeking future donations.
  • Plant their trees with their campers within two weeks
  • Water and care for the seedlings– and tell your students the great work they are doing by planting trees and explain why we love and need trees.

Provincial Representatives:

Alberta: Ted Lockie Ted.Lockie@diabetes.ca

Saskatchewan: Donna Wilkinson donnaw@sasktel.net

Manitoba: Kim Scherger KimScherger@manitobacamping.ca

Ontario: Jen Gilbert jen@ontariocamps.ca

New Brunswick: John Savage John@campcentennial.ca

Nova Scotia / PEI: Patti Sampson pattilsampson@gmail.com

Newfoundland: Malcolm Turner killdevil.camp@gmail.com

BC/Yukon/NWT/Nunavut: andreakj452@gmail.com


Kids want to help because our climate change solutions aren’t working fast enough  

Vancouver, BC — 12/05/2016 — The future stewards of the environment are growing in a world of disappearing forests, rising temperatures and sea levels, and more extreme weather. Without access a healthy climate, tens of millions of lives and the lives of generations to come are sure to be impacted as children everywhere are being set-up to bear a disproportionate share of the burden of climate change, says Andrea Koehle Jones, Founder and Executive Director, The ChariTree Foundation. “Climate change is a serious problem and our response, frankly, isn’t enough.”

Glen Bernard Camp 2Koehle Jones founded The ChariTree Foundation ten years ago. This national children’s charity is dedicated to getting kids outside and being part of the climate change solution by planting trees. The ChariTree Foundation has given more than 100,000 children trees in Canada and around the world to plant and has set a goal of giving a million children a tree to plant in the next ten years.

She says we’ve already seen some great progress. But there’s still work to do. That’s why she has been working on one way to help change the way we heal the planet. Koehle Jones feels kids can be part of the solution and learn to take care of the planet they are inheriting. “Kids care about the world,” Koehle Jones says. “They’re very connected to their environment and they want to help heal the planet  — if we let them.”

I love working with children and I am so inspired by their deep connection to nature. It doesn’t seem fair to leave them with a world ravaged by climate change. The best I can think to do is to arm them with the tools to live in it and help fix it.

13063131_10154154220249605_973592909128919604_o-1“If children are going to make a lifelong commitment to protect the environment for themselves and future generations, they first need time to explore the wonders of nature,” she says. “One of the best ways to teach environmental education is to give kids a tree of their own to plant. It’s about learning to care for something beyond yourself while learning about self-sufficiency, reforestation, trees as future food sources and the benefits of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction.”

2014-07-02-11.41.39When a child plant a tree in Canada for example, they are making an immediate contribution to their community and at the same time they are helping kids on the other side of the world by helping to stabilize the climate.

Children are the future stewards of the environment.They want to help So let’s let them. This is an idea rooted in generosity, love, and compassion. “What if we gave every child, everywhere a tree to plant? And not just any tree – a locally grown, non-gmo, native tree species?”

She says The ChariTree Foundation would purchase the trees from local growers, boosting local economies and then children could plant a tree at their home, school, camp and / or children’s organization. In this way kids learn how to plant and care for a tree and how to have a positive impact on the world.

“Since 2009, thanks to ChariTree, thousands of campers in hundreds of camps across Canada have planted trees on their camp properties. This excellent program has enabled children to experience the joy and satisfaction of planting their very own tree while beautifying their site, creating windbreaks or replacing trees lost to fire or disease,” said Jill Dundas, President, the Canadian Camping Association (CCA). “As the trees grow under the campers’ continuing care so does their appreciation and concern for our environment.”

Wish Trees

“ChariTree grew out of my wish to help children and the world,” says photo-1Koehle Jones.

When children receive a Wish Tree, they get to plant it and make a wish for the world. Every time they return to visit or care for their tree they can make more wishes – for anything! They can write their wishes on 100% recycled paper and tie them to their tree or simply say their wish by their tree.

“I wish everyone would deeply understand that trees are the lungs of the earth, and we all breathe together,” says Shannon an elementary school student from West Bolton, Ontario.

“I am so proud of every child that has planted a tree in the last ten years,” said Koehle Jones. “These kids are going to be changemakers,” she continued.DSC_0159

“Helping a child plant a tree might seem like a small thing but imagine if all children were given an opportunity to plant a tree,” said Koehle Jones.

The ChariTree Foundation strives to give as many children as possible a tree of their own. It’s about supporting environmental education programs for children by giving kids a tree to plant at their home, camp or school that is native to their region ~ and an opportunity to connect with nature and contribute positively to the world.

Two ways you can help right now:

  1. Go outside and with your kids and do something to help the planet, for example, pick up a piece of garbage in a park. Share your feelings about how wonderful the world is and why it is important to take care of it.
  2. Grow this work with a donation.

Yes — I will donate to help kids combat climate change!

Let’s educate and empower kids so together we can create a better future for kids in Canada and around the world.

Media Contact
Andrea Koehle Jones
Executive Director
info@charitree-foundation.org
charitree-foundation.org

 

 


Make A Wish For The Planet

wishkidsChildren are the future but what kind of world will we leave behind for them if we are not educating them sufficiently about climate chance, deforestation, reforestation, self-sufficiency and green living? A great way to start is by planting a tree with them and the following #listicle offers 4 reasons why this is a fantastic idea!

1.) Planting a tree is a great way for your child to appreciate nature.IMG_5293
In these modern times, children are spending more and more time indoors and in front of screens. Stepping outside to plant a tree is a wonderful opportunity for them to appreciate the beauty of nature in all its splendor. By nature, children are curious and love exploring new places (even if it is their own back garden!) and they should, therefore be encouraged to take part in the planting of the tree as much as possible.

2) Planting a tree teaches responsibility.
Once the tree has been planted, give your child the responsibility of watering the young tree. This responsibility will teach them a valuable lesson in caring for and nurturing another living thing. It should also foster respect for nature.

cedar43) Planting a tree is educational.
Not only is planting a tree incredibly fun and good for the environment, but it is also educational. The tree planting process teaches your child essential knowledge about soil, seed germination, plant nutrition and tree growth.

4) Planting a tree plays a part in inspiring children to become involved in protecting the environment.
During the process, your child will no doubt ask you for the reason why you are planting the tree. This is the ideal opportunity for you to explain to them the many benefits of planting trees. This conversation can have a highly positive effect on your child’s long-term interest in protecting and sustaining our environment and natural resources.

Make a wish.
You can ask your child what they love about nature and if they have a wish for the planet. If they want they (or parents and teachers) can post it here to send out their wish to the world: http://www.charitree-foundation.org/wish4theplanet/

photo-1Also anyone can post wishes on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat with these tags #wish4theplanet and @wish4theplanet and send #goodkarma out – now when the world needs it most.


The ChariTree Foundation That Has Inspired So Many Celebrates 10 Years

More than 100,000 children have planted Wish Trees across Canada and around the world

unnamed-1Vancouver, BC — 12/04/2016 –Without access to a healthy climate, children will be bereft of their fundamental rights to life. A perfect storm is brewing due to this happening at a time when the screen generation is being raised with less meaningful contact with nature.

Right now, the future stewards of the environment are growing in a world of change and distraction. As they play endless games on their screens, the world’s forests are disappearing, temperatures and sea levels are on the rise, and more extreme weather is in the forecast. Ten of millions of lives and the lives of generations to come are sure to be impacted as they are set-up to bear a disproportionate share of the burden of climate change.

The ChariTree Foundation was founded 10 years ago by Andrea Koehle Jones. She explained, “ChariTree grew out of my wish to help children and the world.”

There is so much uncertainty in the world, so instead of waiting around for leaders to agree on appropriate solutions, Koehle Jones was inspired to act to create a program to encourage kids to be part of the solution.

dscf0162_29-jun-08_masters“Since 2009, thanks to ChariTree, thousands of campers in hundreds of camps across Canada have planted trees on their camp properties. This excellent program has enabled children to experience the joy and satisfaction of planting their very own tree while beautifying their site, creating windbreaks or replacing trees lost to fire or disease,” said Jill Dundas, President, the Canadian Camping Association (CCA). “As the trees grow under the campers’ continuing care so does their appreciation and concern for our environment.”

Koehle Jones thinks one of the best ways to teach environmental education is to give kids a tree of their own to plant. She said: “It’s about learning to care for something beyond yourself while learning about self-sufficiency, reforestation, trees as future food sources and so much more.”

When children receive a Wish Tree through their school, camp or other children’s organizations, they get to plant it and make a wish for the world. Every time they return to visit or care for their tree they can make more wishes – for anything! They can write their wishes on 100% recycled paper and tie them to their tree or simply say their wish by their tree.

Here are just a few wishes sent into The ChariTree Foundation by children.photo-1

Aidan, from Hamilton, Canada says:
“I wish I had super powers to save the earth and save people.”

Lisa, from Copenhagen, Denmark says:
“I wish more people would plant trees.”

Debbie, from Calgary, Canada says:
“My wish for the planet would be to bring more natural beauty to all the cities. I wish for our empty boulevards to be planted with evergreens, and remind us that with more nature that our world will be a much better place.”

Shannon, from West Bolton, Canada says:
“I wish everyone would deeply understand that trees are the lungs of the earth, and we all breathe together…”

“I am so proud of every child that has planted a tree in the last ten years,” said Koehle Jones. “These kids are going to be changemakers,” she continued.

“Helping a child plant a tree might seem like a small thing but imagine if all children were given an opportunity to plant a tree,” said Koehle Jones. “What if children in Syria or Somalia or Canada – anywhere were given this opportunity? The benefits would directly impact those children and children everywhere.”

The ChariTree Foundation strives to give as many children as possible a tree of their own. It’s about supporting environmental education programs for children by giving kids a tree to plant at their home, camp or school that is native to their region ~ and an opportunity to connect with nature and contribute positively to the world.

Arlington Beach CampThis year more than 13,000 campers at Canadian Camping Association camps planted trees across Canada thanks to ChariTree’s wonderful private and corporate donors especially our top done, Green Inspiration BC.

“Thank you for this continuing opportunity. We value the focus The ChariTREE Foundation provides to involve our campers in forest sustainability.” ~ Jocelyn Palm, Director / Owner, Glen Bernard Camp

“There is something hopeful in the act of planting a tree. Our campers enjoy enhancing our habitats, increasing bio-diversity and just being in nature. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity. You are growing hope for a greener future.” ~ Jacob Rodenburg, Executive Director, Camp Kawartha

So far, more than 100,000 children have received trees, and Koehle Jones hopes to give millions of children trees in the future.

IMG_5293“Without healthy trees and forests, the earth cannot sustain life. There’s something so hopeful about planting trees,” said Jones. “I’ll never forget the children we planted trees with in Africa and I’ll never stop trying to bring more children trees.”

Andrea runs the charity from a tiny office on an island off the coast of Vancouver. She volunteers her time and works with a small group of volunteers devoting 100 percent of donations to running ChariTree’s children’s tree projects.

“I am so grateful to all the volunteers, and donors who have helped The ChariTree Foundation grow over the last ten years,” said Koehle Jones.13063131_10154154220249605_973592909128919604_o-1

She hopes more and more people will hear about The ChariTree Foundation and will donate to support the project. “We plant trees based on the amount of funding we bring in through donations and requests for trees from children’s organizations.

To learn more about the ChariTree Foundation and to offer support, please visit www.charitree-foundation.org

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The ChariTree foundation was set up by Andrea Koehle Jones. It has the aim to make the world a better place for children and generations of children to come.


Camp Directors Please Fill in your Camp Tree Planting Reporting Forms

Tell us about your tree planting project

Thanks to the thousands of children at @ccampingorg camps across Canada for planting trees. Special thanks to Catherine Ross, CCA provincial reps and camp staff for helping to get trees to campers, and thanks for sending in photos and completing your tree reporting forms. Camp Directors who have not filed their tree reports please file ASAP: http://www.charitree-foundation.org/…/tree-planting-project/ ‪#‎ccampingorg‬

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Close to 14,000 children to plant trees across Canada

11201495_10153685290714605_1306242752895015150_nClose to 14,000 children from across Canada will have the opportunity to plant a tree at their summer camp or school this Spring. The ChariTree Foundation’s ‘A tree for every child’ program gives children trees to plant all across Canada by partnering with schools and The Canadian Camping Association.

The Charitree Foundation is Canada’s environmental education charity for children. These days many children have less time and fewer opportunities to connect with nature. This is a real loss because research shows that contact with nature makes kids feel better about themselves. Charitree strives to give as many children as we can a tree of their own. It’s about supporting environmental education programs for children by giving kids a tree to plant at their home or school that is native to their region ~ and an opportunity to connect with nature and contribute positively to their world.

Thanks again to Catherine Ross and all the ‪#‎CanadianCampingAssociation‬ provincial reps for your efforts to get trees to camps in your province. Please forward the information below to all camps in your province that requested trees.

Don’t forget to tell us about your tree planting project
Please fill out The Tree Planting Form in June or July 2016, once your camp has received trees from The ChariTREE Foundation and you have completed your camp tree planting program with campers. Don’t forget to upload a couple photos from your tree planting day. You can also email photos to info@charitree-foundation.org. This is a mandatory form to help ChariTREE keep accurate reports
Tree Planting Instructions and Tree Reporting Form Can be found here:
http://www.charitree-foundation.org/camp-tree-planting-ins…/
The ChariTREE Foundation greatly appreciates the efforts of all CCA staff who have planted trees with children – you truly are helping to make the world a better place.
Have a great summer and Happy Tree Planting! ‪#‎cca‬ #CanClimateAction

 


The free tree planting program for camps returns in 2016!

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For the 8th year, The ChariTREE Foundation and CCA are partnering to bring an acclaimed tree planting program to Canadian camps.

Learn how to sign up here.

 


ChariTree Foundation Founder is a 2015 Nature Inspiration Award finalist!

hdr_natureaward_eCongratulations to ChariTREE Foundation founder Andrea Koehle Jones, she is a 2015 Nature Inspiration Award finalist! Read more here: http://nature.ca/en/about-us/museum-corporation/nature-inspiration-awards/2015-finalists … #risingtothechallenge #eco 

Andrea Koehle Jones

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For the 7th year, thousands of Wish Trees were planted by kids at summer camps across Canada.

IMG_5293At the start of this summer thousands of trees were planted by children at summer camps across Canada. For the seventh year, The ChariTree Foundation’s initiative to offer tree planting for kids program was a Tremendous success. If children are going to make a lifelong commitment to protect the environment for themselves and future generations, they first need time to explore the wonders of nature. One of the best ways to teach environmental education is to give kids a tree of their own to plant. It’s about learning to care for something, self-sufficiency, reforestation, trees as future food sources and so much more.

11224351_10153481363559605_7376064268852747991_oPhotos and reports are coming in from participating camps. If you haven’t already, please complete your camp’s tree reporting form here: http://www.charitree-foundation.org/camp-tree-planting-instructions-and-activities/

Special thanks to all the campers, camp staff, provincial reps, Catherine Ross and The Canadian Camping Association and ChariTree’s generous donors ~ we couldn’t have done it without you all. xo

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