Grow a Forest: Tree & Shrub Nursery

In the last 100 years, the Chesapeake Bay watershed has lost more than half of the extensive forests that originally covered 95 percent of the land surrounding the Bay and its tributaries. There are not nearly enough remaining woodlands to keep pace with development and an expanding population, factors that threaten to compromise the health of the Bay watershed and overwhelm the progress made to restore the Bay. It is imperative that we protect the remaining forests and restore woodlands, especially streamside forests.  What better way to achieve this than to grow your own forest with a school tree & shrub nursery!

Before You Start

Overview: Project Planning Basics

Overview: School Grounds Site Assessment

  • i-Tree Analysis Tools for Assessing & Managing Community Forests
  • Forests for the Bay Landserver Property Mapping Tool
  • Design and Preparation

    Overview: Project Design & Preparation Basics

    Creating a School Tree Nursery: Basic How To's


    Overview: Project Implementation Basics

    Trees & Shrubs: Site Prep, Planting Instructions


    Tree & Shrub Maintenance Tips

    Overview: Project Maintenance Basics

    Using Your Project

    Overview: Using Your Project

    Eco Schools LEAF Forest Sustainability Pathway

    Forests for the Bay (Scroll to Educator Resources)

    Eco-School Sustainability Pathways Lessons & Resources

    Eco School National Standards & Curriculum Alignment

    Project Learning Tree Curriculum Offerings

    Eco Schools Green STEM Initiative

    Sharing Your Project

    Overview: Sharing Your Project

    Resource Center

    Project Resource Library: Learn More!
    Eco Schools USA
    National & State Green School Programs
    Bay Backpack Teaching Resources Search Engine
    EPA Learning & Teaching About the Environment (awards, resources, more)