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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Geography

Resource Types

  • Articles and Websites
  • Videos, 12 minutes, 9 seconds
  • Videos, 10 minutes, 41 seconds
  • Videos, 59 minutes, 6 seconds

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin


PDF, YouTube Video

Urban Tree Planting Resources

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  • This resource is a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about planting and caring for trees in Wisconsin.
  • This site includes numerous how-to videos and printable brochures about how to plant trees, tree and site selection, maintaining trees, tree species recommendations, and trees for biodiversity, as well as a webinar and links to additional resources.
Teaching Tips


  • The videos are great tutorials for planting trees from burlap or containers.
  • This can inform students about how they can take action to help the environment.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand what trees need to grow and survive.
  • The YouTube videos linked in the resource may have advertisements.


  • The videos or supporting materials can be used to connect to biology classes and chemistry classes for lessons about photosynthesis, energy transfer, and evapotranspiration.
  • Younger students would benefit from a review of basic plant biology to ensure they understand how trees make their own food and why they need sun, soil, and water.
  • This resource could be used for adult learners or other teachers who are going to be volunteering for a tree-planting activity.
  • Connect this resource to climate change by discussing how the hardiness zones are changing, how changing weather patterns can affect native trees, and how these changes may affect the animals and people that rely on these trees for food and shelter.
Scientist Notes
This website from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provides a wealth of information about planting trees in an urban setting. Embedded videos (~11 minutes) and links to two additional videos (~3 minutes) are provided, along with many useful PDFs that include a brochure/poster and documents that illustrate and explain the types of trees and the best locations to plant trees around Wisconsin. This website provides many detailed documents and videos about urban tree planting in Wisconsin and would be a great addition to a classroom discussion about reforestation and its impact on climate change. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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