Let’s build more outdoor classrooms and get more students outside

The ChariTree Foundation is helping create outdoor classrooms across Canada.

A growing number of studies show that being outside reduces a student’s stress and anxiety levels. That’s especially important as children and teens are dealing with increased stress and anxiety brought on by the pandemic. 

Schools across Canada and the world are shifting learning outdoors amid coronavirus worries. The ChariTree Foundation supports school environmental education programs as well as helping with funding for outdoor classrooms. “We want to help all the amazing teachers inspiring children by introducing them to the wonders of nature,” said Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director, The ChariTree Foundation. “We help support environmental education for children now, so when they grow up they will be better prepared to #LeadOnClimate.”

How to apply

If your Canadian school is raising funds for an outdoor classroom please contact to tell us about your project before December 15, 2020. The ChariTree Foundation can only make a donation to Canadian schools that can offer a tax receipt. (or your Canadian school board can provide a tax receipt).

Outdoor Parent News

COVID-19 is wiping out children’s environmental education programs around the world

“Organizations like Canada’s ChariTree Foundation are stepping-up to make sure outdoor learning opportunities continue and grow…”

Read More

Outdoor Parent News

How to get kids and teens outdoors and play it safe during the pandemic

“There is substantive science behind what many intuitively understand, spending time in nature makes us feel better,” said Sarah Milligan Toffler, executive director of the Children and Nature Network. #kids #parents #teens #pandemicstress #environmentaleducation

Read More

A powerful little Canadian Environmental Education charity empowers kids across Canada and around the world.

The ChariTree Foundation is a national registered Canadian charity dedicated to supporting kids #environmentaleducation and #treeplanting projects. Everyone at ChariTree volunteers their time and nobody is paid so donations can go directly to kids.

Read More

Andrea Koehle Jones, environmentalist and founder of The ChariTree Foundation | Magazine cover story

Andrea Koehle Jones, founder of The ChariTree Foundation, author and founding partner of The FirstLine Foundation, tells the story of how she went from being a CBC Newsworld journalist and Greenpeace communications strategist to building one of the sweetest little children’s charities out there.

“Let’s give kids opportunities to fall in love with nature in order to protect it ~ because you protect what you love.”

Canada’s ChariTree Foundation creates and supports national and international children’s environmental education programs. Click on the image to see the full article by Madison Farkas in Point Grey Living Magazine (Best Version Media Canada)


After 10 years of planting trees with Canadian Camping Association campers, The ChariTree Foundation is growing its #environmentaleducation reach

In the past ten years, more than 100,000 children (closer to 119,000) had the opportunity to plant a tree at a summer camp across Canada, participating in a ground-breaking national children’s environmental education project.

Read More

Canadian Camping Association and The ChariTree Foundation Updates

“We successfully planted 300 saplings at Camp Wenonah in July this year! It was a unique experience for campers and staff alike, providing them with the opportunity to bond with nature and to contribute to the land of the Camp they all hold so dear. Every camper, ages 8-18, had the chance to plant a tree in the location of their choice- some groups even planted tree gardens near their cabins which they could revisit and watch with care. Thank you ChariTree Foundation for providing us with this wonderful opportunity.” – Janette, Assistant Director – Camp Wenonah

 “We had lots of fun with this tree planting project. With a certified arborist on our team we made good use of the trees with strategic placement while making it a fun time for our campers.” – Derrik, Tripper – Lake Scugog Camp

You can join this excellent program that gives your campers the fun of planting their very own tree while beautifying your campsite and improving the environment for us all. This program is open to all Canadian camps, including those that planted trees in previous years. READ MORE UPDATES

Free trees for schoolchildren across Canada – The ChariTree Foundation

“We would like to thank The ChariTree Foundation for teaching children the importance of taking care of our environment. Students truly enjoyed planting their seedlings and took great pride in caring for them as their little’ part’ in preserving our planet for future generations. Thank you ChariTree! ” – Nora Moradi, Central Montessori School

2018 ChariTree Foundation school tree planting program is now open: Deadline to request trees is Tuesday April 3, 2018

Learning to care for something.

Learning to care for trees.

Free Trees for Students – ChariTree will again offer free trees to teachers for children at Canadian schools, Canadian Camping Association campers and we plan to offer trees to children in Zambia again in 2018. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to watch for ChariTree to see updates about school trees orders in March 2018.

Teachers at schools across Canada can request trees for their students before April 1, 2018. This year, ChariTree will be providing White Spruce seedlings and schools will need to request a minimum of 200 seedlings for one delivery date. If your school is selected, the seedlings will be mailed to your school and ChariTree will pay full costs of the seedlings and mail delivery to your school. Trees must be requested by April 3, 2018.

Ask your teacher or principal to email with:

1.) The number of trees you would like to request for your students.
2.) The date you need the trees to arrive by. Note: seedlings are delivered by mail so we can’t guarantee exact dates but we are usually pretty close so build in a few extra days when planning.
3.) The complete address of where the trees will be planted.
4) A phone number that you can be reached at.
5.) One sentence describing your project so ChariTree can post the project on social media For example:Kindergarten students at Little Mountain School in Nelson, BC will be planting trees as wind blocks around their playground in May thanks to the generosity of The ChariTree Foundation.

If there is a tree farm near you to supply local seedlings for $1/seedling or less, ChariTree is happy to purchase them for your students. Send an estimate of local, non-gmo tree seedlings and executive director, Andrea, will pay for them by credit card. Once paid, you can pick up the seedlings and start planting with your students.

As a participating school, after planting trees donated by The ChariTree Foundation, you agree to:
• Email Andrea at and attach at least two .jpg photos of students holding or planting trees as well as a comment about your tree project. Andrea needs this information to satisfy her donors that their contribution is being used wisely and assists her in seeking future donations. (Schools that do not meet this obligation will forgo the opportunity to access free trees in future years).• pick up the seedlings from your local tree farm and email me ( promptly to acknowledge the receipt of the trees.
• plant trees with students within two weeks
• when they plant their Wish Tree kids can make a wish for the world. (Optional) Email me or enter some or all of your students’ wishes here — so we can send out their Wish Tree wishes to the world. (We only use the students’ first names) : //
• 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.

Graduation Trees

Planting a Graduation Tree and eventually a Graduation Orchard featuring graduation trees from various years is a wonderful way to honour the graduating class and give kids a feeling of connection to their school even after they have gone. They can return to visit their tree and see how it has grown – just as they have grown since heading out into the world.Once ordering season opens (March-April 2018), have your teacher or principal contact to request a tree. The ChariTree Foundation has a budget of up to $80 per tree. We prefer schools to purchase local, native, non-gmo trees but will fund fruit trees if requested.

For more information on Andrea Koehle Jones and the ChariTREE Foundation see

Free trees for children at summer camps to plant across Canada in 2018

For the tenth year, CCA partners with Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director, ChariTree Foundation, to offer free seedlings to all Canadian Camping Association camps. Planting a tree is a powerful way to teach campers that they can make a difference to their campsite and to the environment.

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 this great program.


By April 10, 2018, 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 trees 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.


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. Andrea needs this information to satisfy her donors that their contribution is being used wisely and assists her in seeking future donations. To access the ChariTree Feedback form visit // Camps that do not meet this obligation will forgo the opportunity to access trees in future years.
  • Plant their trees with their campers within two weeks.
  • Water the seedlings if the weather is dry.

For more information on Andrea Koehle Jones and the ChariTree Foundation see

Provincial Representatives

British Columbia: Andrea Koehle Jones (

Alberta: Ted Lockie (

Saskatchewan: Donna Wilkinson (

Manitoba: Kim Scherger (

Ontario: Jen Gilbert (

Quebec: Jacqui Raill (

New Brunswick: John Savage (

Nova Scotia/PEI: Derek Mitchell (

Thousands of children plant trees across the country for Canada 150

“Planting a tree is a powerful way to teach kids that they can make Canada and the world a better place,” said Andrea Koehle Jones, Founder, The ChariTree Foundation, Canada’s national environmental education charity for children. “Let’s give kids opportunities to fall in love with nature in order to protect it, because you protect what you love.”

Read More


Writing about trees

The Wish Trees Book

The Wish Trees, written by ChariTree founder Andrea Koehle Jones, is rooted in the idea that every child can help make the world a better place.