Children’s Resources

Planting Seeds for a Lifetime Appreciation of Trees

Besides offering shade and beauty, trees also provide shelter, food, jobs, recreation, and cleaner air. Use the sites below to get information on kid-friendly activities at local parks and preserves.

Check out some of these sites to learn how trees help prevent rainwater runoff, give us food, medicine, paper, and building materials. Discover all the different animals that call trees home! Trees can do so much for us, and we have to do all we can to protect them, nurture them, and plant more of them!


Companion Curriculum

The following curricula are written with the intent to provide interdisciplinary opportunies in the use of a school’s tree garden, outdoor classroom or learning environment. Thank you to TreesGreenville for allowing us to share these.

Elementary School Curriculum

Middle School Curriculum

High School Curriculum


Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve

Latta Plantation Nature Center serves as the gateway to the 1,351 acres of Latta Plantation Nature Preserve and is the source for educational programs and information on the preserve’s natural communities, flora, and fauna. The preserve, Mecklenburg County’s largest, forms a green peninsula extending into Mountain Island Lake and protects a natural heritage site and several endangered plants.


McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

McDowell Nature Center serves as the gateway to the 1,108-acre McDowell Nature Preserve and is the source for educational programs and information on the preserve’s natural communities, flora, and fauna. The preserve, the oldest in Mecklenburg County, has been left 90% undeveloped and protects mostly forested, rolling terrain along the banks of Lake Wylie.


Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve protects 737- acres of natural, forested habitat within Reedy Creek Park. Reedy Creek Nature Center and Nature Preserve is located at 2900 Rocky River Road in northeastern Mecklenburg County.


Nature Explore with the Arbor Day Foundation

Nature Explore is a collaborative program of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. The goal of Nature Explore is to support efforts to connect children with nature.


NC Wildlife Federation Great Outdoors University

Great Outdoors University of Greater Charlotte is a conservation-based experiential education program created by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and National Wildlife Federation, designed to bring life-changing experiences to kids 6-18 who have limited opportunity to explore the natural world.