Since 1990, Tree New Mexico has brought the wonder of trees to the classroom, making presentations interactive, fun, and grade-appropriate. Our facilitators use discussion, storytelling, and hands-on activities to engage and inspire the students about the benefits of trees and keep them actively involved.
The presentations also incorporate teaching aids such as videotapes, books, posters, common and uncommon tree products (e.g., pencils, chopsticks, cinnamon, cork), and sample tree parts (trunk cross-sections, branches, leaves, pine cones, nuts, seed pods, etc.).
Throughout the year, Tree New Mexico holds training sessions for specific groups and the general public. Topics include: planning and site selection, tree selection, planting and care, proper pruning, insect and disease problems, species selection, windbreaks, riparian restoration, etc. TNM staff, along with experts from State Forestry, Cooperative Extension Service, BLM, and other agencies lead the trainings. We use TNM’s Citizen Tree Planting Training Manual as a basis for presentations and handouts.