About

The ChariTree Foundation is Canada’s environmental education charity for children

Based in Greater Vancouver, The ChariTree Foundation supports nature-based environmental education projects for children and youth across Canada and around the world. Let’s get kids off screens and outdoors more. 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. We can start by educating our youth about the environment and supporting our schools, #EcoSchools and summer camps to lead the way in creating sustainable communities and environmental leaders. 

Exposure to nature can reduce a child’s stress level by 28%

The ChariTree Foundation is an environmental charity that:

  • supports environmental education for children and youth;
  • funds outdoor classrooms at schools and children’s camps in an effort to support outdoor learning programs, green schools and EcoSchools
  • strives to introduce children and teens to the wonders of nature so they will become #EnvironmentalLeaders;
  • supports environmental #conservation and #reforestation projects as well as protecting #old-growthforests so they will be there for children in future generations;
  • supports children and youth working on #climatechange solutions;
  • introduces kids to the wonders of #nature through outdoor learning classes, #treeplanting projects, reading environment books for youth, and helping kids reduce stress and get off screens and outside more.

Children’s Tree Planting Projects

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. ChariTree gives kids a tree of their own to plant through Canada’s schools and summer camps. It’s about learning to care for something beyond yourself while learning about #biodiversity, #sustainability, self-sufficiency, animal habitat restoration, #reforestation, #trees as future food sources, #climatechangesolutions and so much more. 

ChariTree strives to give as many children as we can a tree of their own. ChariTree donates trees and pays for them to be shipped to schools, camps and children’s organizations across Canada and around the world. In addition to children’s tree projects in Canada, ChariTree has also provided local trees to children in Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Nepal and Kenya. 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, lead on climate and contribute positively to their world.

Children’s tree project in rural Zambia.

The Charitree Foundation is a registered Canadian charity. (BN#:850442328RR0001) Everyone at ChariTree volunteers their time and nobody is paid so donations can go directly to kids. Under the direction of Executive Director Andrea Koehle Jones and the board of directors, The ChariTree Foundation:

  • organizes and participates in children’s environmental learning projects that involve tree planting and donating trees for planting in Canada and around the world.
  • gifts funds to qualified doners (as defined in subsection 149.1(1) of the Income Tax Act) in Canada and around the world that benefits children and the environment and increases the Foundation’s reach.