Sustainable Schools partners with the local ReTree Steamboat Event to teach students about the importance of trees and sustainable forestry practices. Planting and caring for native vegetation on school grounds is an excellent form of hands-on learning for local students to help beautify their school grounds, conserve energy by providing natural shade, learn about native vegetation and engage students in the long-term monitoring of tree growth and survival.
During the first ReTree event in 2010, more than 14,000 trees were planted to replace trees killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic. With leadership by YVSC and the expertise of Colorado State Forest Service, the annual program has evolved to focus on planting fewer trees and increasing tree survival and health. Since then, YVSC plants between 2000 and 4000 trees in local areas.
Students and Tree Planting
Local tree planting and monitoring takes place in the community and at schools. Each year about 30 percent of the 200 volunteers for ReTree Steamboat are students, planting approximately 800 trees at parks, school yards, and other community locations. Students also provide annual throughout the summer caring for the saplings and monitoring their survival rates.
The joy of tree planting also makes a great gift for teachers and others around the holidays. YVSC orders the tree seedlings well in advance and offers tree gift certificates for holiday gifts from Christmas to Mother’s Day. See our ReTree Event page for more.
Planting and caring for native vegetation on school grounds is an excellent form of hands-on learning for our local students to help beautify their school grounds, conserve energy by providing natural shade, to learn about native vegetation and to engage students in the long-term monitoring of tree growth and survival.