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Happy Earth Day Crafts for Kids

Check out some of these fun tree crafts for kids.

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Free trees for kids from The ChariTree Foundation

tree7_small“Wenonah has been participating in this program for a few years now, and we love it. It provides our campers with astronger appreciation for the surrounding nature and our site. As well, allows us to regenerate areas of ourcamp that have been depleted by various activity.” – Geoffrey Williamson, Assistant Director, Camp Wenonah.

Andrea Koehle Jones, Charitree’s executive director, is a former Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da Program Director and she has a special place in her heart for summer camps. She says summer camps offer children unparalleled opportunities to switch off screens, live outside and connect with nature on a deeper level. She says the seeds of The Charitree Foundation were born during her unforgettable days at a girl’s summer camp on a tiny tree-topped island in Northern Ontario.

As always, the Charitree Foundation tree planting program is open to all Canadian Camping Association camps in 2014, including those that planted trees in previous years.

In summer 2013, campers in over 75 camps across Canada planted a total of 20,000 trees!  Once again, for the sixth consecutive year, The ChariTree Foundation, is offering free seedlings to all Canadian camps.


By April 1, 2014, 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 chose to plant between 40 and 800 trees.  Andrea accesses coniferous seedlings from nurseries across Canada; different native seedlings are chosen based on province and growing conditions as well as seedling availability. The trees are packed in packages of 20 in cardboard boxes.


You will be notified by your representative precisely when (the date will be within the last two weeks of June) and where the trees are available for pick up in your province.   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. Each camp is responsible for collecting their order from this location or pre-arranging to pay for delivery to their campsite.

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

The camp agrees to:

  • Promptly acknowledge the receipt of their trees directly to Andrea (This step is done online.  Camps that do not meet this obligation will forgo the opportunity to access free 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

BC: Margo Dunnet

Alberta: Kathy Koehler

Saskatchewan: Donna Wilkinson

Manitoba: Liz Kovach

Ontario: Nicole Markowitz

Quebec: Tanya Desrochers

New Brunswick: John Savage

Nova Scotia & P.E.I: Derek Mitchell

Newfoundland & Labrador:  Malcolm Turner

TREE PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS AND ACTIVITIES can be accessed here. (2014 instructions will be update in March 2014)

Note: ChariTREE is a very small registered Canadian charity and Andrea (she does not have a staff working with her) is sourcing and delivering thousands of native seedlings to children in different regions across the country each year so PLEASE read the above instructions carefully and contact your provincial reps with questions and requests so Andrea can do what she does best – attract donors to pay for trees and delivery and get as many Wish Trees as she can to kids across the country while staying within the charity’s budget.

Tree Species

We cannot say what species we will be providing until all the requests for trees come in and we see what seedlings are available within the budget. In the past we have provided camps with White Spruce, Douglas Fir, Red Cedar, Lodgepole Pine, White Pine and more.

Make a Wish!

”There’s something so hopeful about planting Wish Trees with kids,” said executive director Andrea Jones. “Kids are the future stewards of the environment. They’re concerned about the state of the planet and eager to help. I’ve seen the magic that happens when you give a child a tree – let’s give as many children as we can a Wish Tree of their own.”

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 and / or care for their tree they can make more wishes for anything! They can write their wishes on 100% recycled paper butterflies and tie them to their seedlings. Kids and / or camp staff can send their wishes out to the world here: //


Grow your company with cause-related marketing

child-in-natureCause-Related Marketing (CRM), also called cause marketing, offers companies a powerful strategy to boost sales while driving valuable revenue to charities and social enterprises doing work to help make the world a better place.

Many organizations are turning to corporate philanthropy to fund their projects as donations and grants dry up and corporations are looking for opportunities to enhance their brand, raise revenue, boost product awareness, differentiate their brand from competitors and quite simply do good and be part of the solution. This is an ideal relationship.

“Statistically, studies show that as a business practice cause-marketing is -and will continue to grow as- an effective way to both increase financial gain and support a cause. In other words, cause marketing presents a unique opportunity for companies to simultaneously do well and do good, or better yet, to do well by doing good,” said a recent Do Well Do Good article. (see also 2008 Cone Cause Evolution Study, 2008 Edelman goodpurpose™ Consumer Study, 2008 Barkley Cause Survey, 2009 Cone, Inc. Consumer Environmental Survey, 2009 Edelman goodpurpose™ Consumer Study, 2009 Barkley Cause Survey).

The Charitree Foundation, the children’s tree charity, is a Canadian charity rooted in a philosophy of environmental education funded by cause-related marketing. For example, Centon Electronics, Inc., approached The Charitree Foundation to help plant a tree with every DataStick Green USB flash drive sold. From January to the end of August 2011, Centon contributed the ability for ChariTREE to give more than more than 50,000 children trees across Canada! Since then, Centon has helped to give many more children trees. Charitree donated the trees through schools and camps that don’t have the budget to buy children trees but want to teach environmental education and be a part of a powerful reforestation movement that is empowering the future stewards of the planet – kids! Now that’s a powerful partnership.


Fun Hummingbird Tree Crafts to make with kids

The Hummingbird is also called the messenger of joy and it is always good luck to see a hummingbird. I saw lots of hummingbirds around the time of my daughter Avery’s birth. Recently Avery and I made these cute hummingbird crafts to hang on trees in honour of tree planting hero and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai who died several months ago. She used to tell a beautiful story about the hummingbird.

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Thanks for your generous donation and thanks for helping to support children and the planet.

As a thank you BONUS – these web buttons are for you. Just drag a “I support” or “We support” badge onto your desktop or download and add anywhere you want for example, Facebook, your websites, your email, Twitter…

With heartfelt thanks,

Andrea Koehle Jones

Founder and Executive Director, The Charitree Foundation

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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.