Currently, T.R.E.E. offers three academic and experiential programs that may be experienced independently or in sequence.
A three-day Outdoor Classroom program for fourth grade.
- Sunship Earth
A five-day/four-night Outdoor Classroom residential program for fifth grade.
- Sunship III
A three-day/two-night Outdoor Classroom residential program for seventh grade.
T.R.E.E. programs cover life and earth science knowledge incorporating important student skills like critical thinking and oral communication. Each program meets one-third of the Louisiana Department of Education academic standards and grade level expectations in Science and English/Language Arts as well as one-eighth to one-fourth in Math, Arts, and Social Studies.T.R.E.E. also offers Lost Treasures, an innovative science education program for second and third grades with weekly components throughout two full school years. This program is available with at least one-year advance planning and booking only. Please call the T.R.E.E. office for more information.
Every moment with the children is utilized to teach the concepts that are presented in the programs. All the activities performed by the children and adult participants, whether it is their initial arrival by bus, walking on the trails, or immersion in the life of a leaf, are executed with three objectives: improve life science knowledge, inspiring appreciation of nature, and motivating personal, positive, environmental changes.
T.R.E.E. programs are designed with follow-through pieces for students to work with teachers, parent volunteers, and T.R.E.E. staff on applying their new knowledge during daily life at home and school. A complete evaluation system is in place including pre and post testing for students as well as satisfaction surveys given to students, teachers, and parent volunteers. Recent reports indicate significant positive changes in conceptual knowledge, desired time to spend outdoors, and changed environmental behaviors.
In addition to comments and accolades offered by participating students, teachers and parent volunteers, T.R.E.E. has also received recognition for its quality education programs from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, and the Institute for Earth Education (IEE).
To see T.R.E.E. in action please take a moment to watch our video!