Photos are from Sharptop Art Center during the creation of their journal covers and the Tree Connection Exhibit, along with planting of the trees at Roper Park.
The inspiration for the Tree Connection Program came while meeting with
the City of Johannesburg's Park Department staff in South Africa during
the spring of 2009. The City has an ongoing program through which
trees are grown and planted within city parks by local schools. Each
student receives a tree sapling and over the course of a year the
participants tend to the care of each tree. When the tree reaches a
certain height, it is moved to a city operated nursery located within one of
it's parks. The students continues to visit and care for each tree. Once
the trees are established, each is planted within one of the city's parks by
the students with assistance from park staff. The value of this program is
significant in that it provides the City with an on going inventory of trees
and establishes a connection with the community to their parks.
The purpose of the Tree Connection Program is to provide a hands-onlearning
experience that promotes environmental stewardship, cultural
heritage and community awareness. There is a simple theory that states,
in order to appreciate something you must first be exposed to it. By
providing an opportunity for our students to experience our local regions
natural and cultural resources, awareness begins. And thru time grows
the desire to protect, preserve and foster learning, responsibility and
Demonstration Project - WCA
With Wildwood Christian Academy, a private school located in Marble Hill,
Georgia, the program inspired by our friends in South Africa was
expanded to included journaling, visits to local natural resource sites and
working with artists to develop an appreciation for our heritage and
culture. Students have taken on the responsibility of tending to 48 native
tree saplings that will be planted within Roper Park this spring.
Additionally, each student is keeping a journal that includes writings,
photographs and drawings that will be displayed at the Sharptop Arts
Association in April 2012.
October 2011: Photo Journalism
Students meet with Al Clayton to
share photo journalism and story
October 2011: Trees Arrive
Students adopt and name trees.
Conservation Land Fall Hike Students hike Burnt Mountain Preserve,
learn about forest & watershed
conservation and collect found objects.
November 2011: Reinhardt University
Students visit Reinhardt Arboretum,
Funk Heritage Center and The Falany
Performing Arts Center.
February 2012: Rotary Club
Students and staff present The Tree
Connection Program to Jasper Rotary Club.
February 2012: Day of the Heart
Students learn drawings styles and
produce sketches for digital quilt.
March 2012: Clay Slab Imprints
Students meet with Dee Boggus
to create clay slab imprints with
April 2012: Conservation Land Spring Hike
Students hike Burnt Mountain Preserve
and learn about native plants.
April 2012: Tree Journal Covers
Students meet with Joan Baragar &
Mary Ann Clayton to create journal
April 2012: SAA Visionary Gardens
Students meet with Root Design Studio
to learn about public gardens and parks.
April 2012: Roper Park
Students plant trees in County
April 2012: Tree Connection Exhibition
Tree Connection student
48 native trees planted in county park
48 journals including writings, drawings & photographs
48 drawings compiled into digital quilt & auctioned at WCA Gala
48 clay imprinted slabs
Connection to Burnt Mountain Preserve & land conservation
Connection to Reinhardt University Arboretum, Falany Performing Arts Center & Funk Heritage Center
Connection to local artists and community
Exhibition at Sharptop Arts Association
Video documentary, local press coverage & civil club presentations
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