September/October 2011



Wow, another beautiful summer has come and gone! Here at Earthkeepers™ we are eagerly preparing for our 12th year of adventures and learning in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, where we are sure to find our critter friends awaiting our return. Our staff is ready to roll with four returning staff members, and we are also excited to welcome one new staff member. With roughly 25 programs on the calender, we look forward to welcoming and learning with over 1,300 students this school year (and that’s not including our parent and teacher volunteers!).

This year we are also excited to announce the addition of three new schools that will be joining us out at Jean Lafitte. They come as a welcome addition to our already strong base of schools from Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, and Plaquemines Parish. Every year brings insightful discoveries and heart warming moments, and we look forward to sharing those with you. Have a wonderful fall, and stay tuned for more news from Earthkeepers!

Sunship Earth

The T.R.E.E. staff has been excitedly preparing the north shore Outdoor Classroom for another season of Sunship Earth™ programs! This week, the first of ten 5th grade classes will venture across the causeway to begin the 26th year of Sunship Earth in New Orleans. The staff has been exploring the forest for new magic spots, getting the trails ready for navigating, and discovering new natural wonders for display in the Outlook Inn. We are also thrilled to welcome two new staff members to the Sunship Earth program!

At the program, students will be able to experience the amazing processes that affect life on our planet through exciting, hands-on activities. As they participate in experiential lessons, students attain an important understanding of how cycles, energy flow, and interrelationships govern the natural world. They also gain a keen awareness for the importance of diligent guardianship of the earth.

We at T.R.E.E. would like to thank in advance all of the teachers and volunteers who will be joining us this year! Please visit the T.R.E.E. website to learn more about Sunship Earth and our other programs, Earthkeepers and Sunship III.


T.R.E.E. Celebrates 25 Years

First Ever Banquet Full of Fun

On August 25th, T.R.E.E. celebrated its 25th anniversary in grand style at the New Orleans Board of Trade. Over 200 members of the T.R.E.E. family representing a spectrum of students, parents, teachers and friends were in attendance for a wonderful night of food and fun.

The 25th anniversary banquet was a wonderful success. It was a fantastic chance for people to reconnect with the organization and one another, as well as an opportunity for those who were new to T.R.E.E. to learn about how important and impactful these programs are. Beyond enjoying a delicious meal and seeing old friends, attendees made important contributions with both their presence and donations towards strengthening the cause of environmental education in New Orleans’ schools.

Guests were greeted at the door by student hosts who were able to eloquently explain details of the programs they had been to. They could also take time to enjoy each other’s company while they were entertained by characters from the program such as the Connection Inspector and Gigi. As the sun began to set on the Board of Trade’s lovely courtyard, the Smokin’ Time Jazz Club kept the beat going with a great performance that continued until dinner.

Once the dinner bell rang, guests were ushered inside where they heard from T.R.E.E.’s Board President Michael Carbo, Board Member Ben Comer, and Founder and Executive Director Sue Brown. As they enjoyed their meal, attendees were treated to segments from T.R.E.E. programs led by the students including the Water Cycle Boogie, Mystery Passenger, and Waste Watchers. After a great dinner, the audience had a chance to participate in a few more T.R.E.E. activities before the night came to an end.

Our appreciation goes out to Pigéon catering for their wonderful food and service; to Strike it Green and Harkins the Florist for providing fantastic decorations; to Parkway Partners for their generous donation of seeds from local native plants; and to Smokin’ Time Jazz Club for keeping us moving. Additionally, we want to sincerely thank those of you who could come this year and help make our event such a success! For anybody who couldn’t be with us, please stay in touch and join us next year for another opportunity to help our T.R.E.E. grow!

Redwood leads students and staff in a rousing rendition of the Water Cycle Boogie

Thanks to our wonderful and generous banquet donors!


Allen Fore and Adam Smith of Kinder Morgan present their donation for T.R.E.E. programs to 5th grade Lusher Teacher Tricia Ruf and two students

Thank You to ALL those individuals that have donated their money and time to T.R.E.E. this year!

Your support gives children the opportunity to be immersed in a natural environment where they are nurtured and can develop a deep appreciation for all life on the Earth through thought provoking experiential activities.

For a full list of individuals and businesses that have enabled T.R.E.E. to implement these programs, please click this link.


Early Morning Magic

Sun radiating
through the treetops,
mist rising from the ground,
droplets sprinkling to the earth like rain water.
Tall, majestic trees send their leaves
gliding to the ground
rustling, crinkling, and crackling

-Rainbow, 5th grade student


I know that birds can fly.
They always make a mysterious ring.
So graceful, pleasant.
Look at all this joy they bring.

-Dibert School 5th grade student



We saw the impact of the program on our students, every day and first hand…seeing their enthiusiasm, listening to their conversations, and seeing their anticipation as we arrived at the Outdoor Classroom!

4th grade Teacher
Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School




Personal Info

Donation Total: $25.00


Lost TreasuresLost Treasures
a full academic year program taught weekly in the classroom for third grade and on into fourth grade
Earth KeepersEarthkeepers
a three-day Outdoor Classroom program for fourth grade
Sunship EarthSunship Earth
a five-day/four-night Outdoor Classroom residential program for fifth grade
Sunship 3Sunship III
a three-day/two-night Outdoor Classroom residential program for seventh grade