Love Trees is researching international children’s camps for a new tree program

Acacia tree, Zambia

Acacia tree, Zambia

Due to the TREEmendous ongoing success of The ChariTree Foundation’s children’s tree program, Love Trees is hoping to expand this formula beyond Canada to children’s camps around the world.

For the last six years, Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director of Love Trees and the ChariTREE Foundation, has given thousands of free trees to children at Canadian Camping Association camps.

Andrea is a former Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da program director and waterfront director and a recipient of the Canadian Camping Association’s Award of Excellence for her environmental education program that gives trees to children at summer camps across Canada. She says summer camps offer wonderful opportunities for children to get outside in nature and learn how they can help make the world a better place. When campers receive a locally-sourced tree to plant, they get to return each summer to see how their tree has grown plus because she calls these trees Wish Trees, children can make a wish for the planet when they plant their tree.

24508_110248258989048_100000116245134_260496_6716994_n-1-150x150Last summer, campers at more than 75 camps across Canada planted a total of 20,000 trees! So far, the program has only been available to camps in Canada. Andrea is researching to see if it is possible to offer children trees at outdoor camps affiliated with the International Camping Fellowship in places like India, China or various countries in Africa, Central and South America.


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Teacher appreciation gift ideas: Thanks for helping me grow free printable

Teachers plant the seeds of knowledge that grow forever.

Idea #1: DIY Mason Jar Tree Gifts for Teachers ~ Thanks for helping me grow free printable gift tags & tree tagsTree Tag Set

photo 5-3photo 1-10Here’s a thoughtful and meaningful gift for the person who taught you children so much. This my kids year they picked-out GMO-free, pesticide-free, hardy dwarf cherry trees for their teachers at the local farmers market.

My daughter used a kitchen spoon to add potting soil and the trees to mason jars. Make sure the root plug is small enough to fit in the mason jar before purchasing. The we tied a ribbon around the jar and printed out the tree tags, glued information about the tree species and care of the tree to the back of the tree tag and slipped the jars into pretty recycled bags to make it easier for the children to carry their trees to school. We secured the tree tag to the bag but you could also add it to the ribbon around the tree.

Thank You For Helping Me Grow free printables can be downloaded HERE. Simply print in color on recycled card stock or paper, cut out and punch a hole in the corner for ribbon or twine.

Teachers can keep their trees in the jar for a while but the jar will fill with roots so they may want to transplant to a larger pot or their garden right away, otherwise they will have to break the glass to get it out.

All Love Trees and ChariTree Foundation free printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. You may not modify, sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own. If you post this on the internet, credit must be given to Love Trees and link back to my site. However, feel free to print as many of these as you’d like for yourself or to give as gifts. (on 100% recycled paper or card stock of course) Thanks to Meghan at Life with Peanut for the tree tag design.

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” ~ Carl Jung

4Idea #2: Tree Certificates for Teachers ~ have a tree planted and write a personal message for $5 – the fast, personalized and thoughtful gift of trees that’s emailed to your gift recipient as soon as you order it. Each tree planting certificate costs $5 and puts a fruit or indigenous tree in the hands of a child as part of the Love Trees global children’s environmental education program. See them HERE.



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Free trees for kids

IMG_136511-180x300In summer 2013, campers in over 75 camps across Canada planted a total of 20,000 trees!  Once again, for the sixth consecutive year, Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director of Love Trees and the ChariTREE Foundation, is offering free seedlings to all Canadian camps.

This program is open to all Canadian camps, including those that planted trees in previous years.


By April 1, 2014, contact your provincial representative (listed below) and place your order including the number of trees and the location where they will be planted. You may chose to plant between 40 and 800 trees.  Andrea accesses coniferous seedlings from nurseries across Canada; different native seedlings are chosen based on province and growing conditions as well as seedling availability. The trees are packed in packages of 20 in cardboard boxes.


You will be notified by your representative precisely when (the date will be within the last two weeks of June) and where the trees are available for pick up in your province.   Andrea’s commitment is to deliver the total order for each province to one location, which is chosen by the provincial representative.  Your representative will notify each participating camp of this location prior to submitting your order. Each camp is responsible for collecting their order from this location or pre-arranging to pay for delivery to their campsite.

The trees may be stored in a dark, cool location for a maximum of two weeks before planting.

The camp agrees to:

  • Promptly acknowledge the receipt of their trees directly to Andrea (This step is done online.  Camps that do not meet this obligation will forgo the opportunity to access free trees in future years).
  • Plant their trees with their campers within two weeks.
  • Water the seedlings if the weather is dry.

For more information on Andrea Koehle Jones and the Charitree Foundation see

Provincial Representatives

BC Margo Dunnet

Alberta Kathy Koehler

Saskatchewan Donna Wilkinson

Manitoba Liz Kovach

Ontario Nicole Markowitz

Quebec  Tanya Desrochers

New Brunswick John Savage

Nova Scotia P.E.I Derek Mitchell

Newfoundland and Labrador  Malcolm Turner



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Cause marketing can help your company grow

child-in-natureCause Marketing (also called cause-related marketing) offers companies a powerful strategy to boost sales while driving valuable revenue to charities and social enterprises doing work to help make the world a better place.
Many organizations are turning to corporate philanthropy to fund their projects as donations and grants dry up and corporations are looking for opportunities to enhance their brand, raise revenue, boost product awareness, differentiate their brand from competitors and quite simply do good and be part of the solution. This is an ideal relationship.

“Statistically, studies show that as a business practice cause-marketing is -and will continue to grow as- an effective way to both increase financial gain and support a cause. In other words, cause marketing presents a unique opportunity for companies to simultaneously do well and do good, or better yet, to do well by doing good,” said a recent Do Well Do Good article. (see also 2008 Cone Cause Evolution Study, 2008 Edelman goodpurpose™ Consumer Study, 2008 Barkley Cause Survey, 2009 Cone, Inc. Consumer Environmental Survey, 2009 Edelman goodpurpose™ Consumer Study, 2009 Barkley Cause Survey).

Love Trees, the global children’s environmental education project, is a social enterprise rooted in a philosophy of cause-related marketing. For example, for CKEditor’s 10th anniversary celebration week earlier this year, CKEditor paid Love Trees to give a child a tree for every download of their HTML web text editing software. This TREEmendous initiative resulted in 822 children receiving a tree of their own! Love Trees donated the trees through schools and camps that don’t have the budget to buy children trees but want to teach environmental education and be a part of a powerful reforestation movement that is empowering the future stewards of the planet – kids! Now that’s partnership at its best.

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The Wish Trees

Inspiring and uplifting, The Wish Trees is rooted in the idea that every child can help make the world a better place. Pre-readers and early readers will love turning the pages of this children’s environmental book to reveal children from around the globe planting Wish Trees and making wishes. Kids will discover the wonder of trees and enjoy searching for different animals and signs with each new page.

Soulful, empowering and beautifully written by Canadian writer Andrea Koehle Jones The Wish Trees features adorable and engaging illustrations by talented Venezuelan children’s book illustrator Alicia Padrón.

Buy an autographed copy of The Wish Trees

Now you can your copy of The Wish Trees signed by the author, Andrea Koehle Jones.  For $10.99 CDN + shipping and taxes you receive a signed copy of the book and a matching (tree-free) bookmark.

If you include the name of the child you are giving the book to when paying through Paypal (there is a box to enter this), Andrea will add their name. Discounts available for large orders over 100 books.

 The Wish Trees Reviews




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The world needs more hummingbird environmentalists

IMG_3478-e1351346304680-224x300The world needs more hummingbird environmentalists
Any effort, however small, helps
by Andrea Koehle Jones

Because I run an environmental charity, people often assume I am a hard core environmentalist, militantly preaching and living green. I’m not. Like most people, I sometimes feel overwhelmed thinking about all the problems in the world, and sometimes get bogged down by environmental doom and gloom. After all, it can be hard to see what one person or family can really do to help. Still, I firmly believe that doing one small thing today can make a difference.

I first heard the hummingbird fable from Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai. It’s a beautiful story about a massive forest fire and the courageous efforts of a tiny hummingbird.

All the animals in the forest watched a huge forest fire getting bigger and bigger. They felt so overwhelmed and powerless, except for a little hummingbird. It said, “I’m going to do something about the fire.”

The little hummingbird flew to the closest stream, scooped-up a drop of water and put it on the huge fire. Then she went back to the stream and did it again. She kept going back, again and again and again. All the other animals watched, some tried to discourage the hummingbird with comments like, “Don’t bother, you are too little, your wings will burn, your beak is too tiny, it’s only a drop of water, you can’t put out this fire.”

And as the animals stood around disparaging the little bird’s efforts, the hummingbird noticed how hopeless and forlorn they looked. Then an elephant shouted out to the hummingbird in a mocking voice, “What do you think you are doing?” And the hummingbird, without wasting time or losing a beat, looked back and said, “I am doing the best I can.”

The collective impact of one small thing 
It’s not hard to be a hummingbird environmentalist. This week for example I thought, “What’s one thing I can I do differently? “ I decided to take the kids to the store but instead of driving, as we usually do, we bicycled. At first I didn’t feel like it, but we ended-up having a really great time.

Forty percent of all trips are made within two miles of home. If individuals and families choose to bike or walk to work, or to make fewer shopping trips each week, they could really help the planet (and their wallet).  If American drivers were to make just one four-mile round trip each week with a bicycle instead of a car, they would save nearly 2 billion gallons of gas. At $4 per gallon, total savings would be $7.3 billion a year (Source: The Sierra Club, Pedaling to Prosperity).  And if people all over the world chose to leave the car at home and walk or bike just once a week, the impact would be even more powerful.

Become a Hummingbord Environmentalist
For me, the key to being a Hummingbird Environmentalist is not immersing oneself in environmental politics. It is about having an open heart, thinking beyond yourself, and being willing to try something new – even fun – once in a while. We can all do one thing better. Here are three ideas that I hope get you inspired.

·       Incorporate public transit into your next family outing – if your kids are like mine, they will love the chance to take the bus or train

·       Make a hummingbird craft with your kids – it’s a  great way to share the hummingbird fable and show them that anyone, no-matter how small, can help make the world a better place.

·       Plant a tree: Spend $5 to have a tree given to a child through the Love Trees children’s tree planting and environmental education program.

·       Make a donation to The Charitree Foundation – the children’s tree charity. Charitree has more requests for trees than they can fill so please donate – they need you.

Andrea Koehle Jones is the executive director of The ChariTREE Foundation and Love Trees, the author of the children’s book The Wish Trees, and a Hummingbird Environmentalist.

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2012 Best Green Christmas Gifts

Here are some of my fav eco Christmas gifts – brilliant gifts and ideas that have a minimal impact on the planet and / or give back. There’s something for everyone, even Fluffy – now that’s giving at its best! To see the full linkable list visit Skinny Scoop.

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Free Printables from Love Trees

Here are some of our cutest free tree printables for kids, parents and teachers – enjoy! Each have been inspired by Love Trees and generously designed by the talented designers listed below – thanks!









1.) Build a Tree Ornament designed by Jen at Jento Designs. She also made a Wish Tree design.

2.) Green your Christmas Tree Ornament designed by Brigitte at The Posh Event.

3.) Tree Planting Kit for Kids designed by Heather at Chickabug.

Please print on tree-free (100% recycled) paper of card stock.

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Free Printable Tree Ornament – Build a Tree

This brilliant design is brought to you by The ChariTREE Foundation and cleverly designed by Jen at Jento Designs. Simply double click on the image and drag it onto your desktop (it is larger than it appears here), print on 100% recycled card stock, follow the directions provided and enjoy!

If you like this one check out this Wish Tree ornament also by Jen.

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Gifts that give back to children and the planet – Holiday and Christmas Tree certificates

Unavailable after Dec 25, 2012.

Purchase a Christmas Tree certificate here and include the name and message you want on your certificate. One tree will be given to a child for every certificate sold.

A graphic designer will add the name and message to your certificate and email the pdf to you to give to the gift recipient.
A TREE-mendous gift for family, friends, colleagues, anyone.

PAY: Click the ‘BUY NOW’ button to pay $10 for your tree. You can pay by credit card or Paypal.

All certificates are dated December 25 unless you request another date.

Here is a sample certificate. (The actual certificates print on regular US letter sized paper. Please print on 100% recycled paper.)








This certificate will be emailed to email address of the person that purchased it. Once you receive your certificate download it onto your desktop to either:

1.) Send a personal email to the gift recipient.  Don’t forget to attach it to your email.

2.) Print and mail it to the gift recipient.

3. ) Roll it up and tie it with a green ribbon. Give it to a colleague or friend at a family or work holiday event.

FILES ARE NOT EDITABLE and will be sent to you ready to print.

© Love Trees

Please don’t reproduce this certificate.

Unavailable after Dec 25, 2012.

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