T.R.E.E.’s Mission

T.R.E.E.’s mission is to educate children and adults about the life science processes that govern our planet, to inspire them to appreciate the natural world, and to motivate them to protect it.

The teachers, principals, staff, and volunteer parents of the participating schools are an integral part in the success of T.R.E.E. programs. Sue Brown, M.Ed., T.R.E.E.’s founder and Program Director, provides leadership and direction through experiential learning methods based on 11 years of elementary and middle school teaching experience and over 30 years of providing earth education programs.

T.R.E.E. has established successful partnerships with numerous New Orleans metro area public, charter, and private schools, Jean Lafitte National and Historic Park and Preserve, Tulane University’s Center for Public Service, as well as non-profit organizations including Volunteers of America, Parkway Partners, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, and A Studio in the Woods.

T.R.E.E.’s philosophy utilizes an innovative instructional approach:

The first component focuses on basic scientific processes that explain how the Earth works. Concepts such as energy flow, the cycling of soil, water and air, interrelationships of living and non-living organisms, and diversity within the life systems of our planet are presented in an engaging and active, hands-on learning manner, and are aligned with Louisiana Department of Education content standards and grade level expectations.

The second element utilizes sensory activities focusing on the senses (taste, sight, smell and hearing) to encourage participants to become comfortable in their new surroundings and to develop a greater appreciation and personal relationship with the natural world.

The final component concentrates on how each of us fits into the functioning of the Earth and initiates decision-making skills to determine ways to protect our planet. We propel program participants to apply the information they have learned in order to develop positive lifestyle habits that encourage healthy natural communities on Earth.


It’s a fun program and you have fun and learn at the same time.





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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