Urban Tree House Programs

Please select a location:  Atlanta  |  Milwaukee  |  Salt Lake City  |  Washington DC

Atlanta Urban Tree House

2051 Delano Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30317

Brief Description: This unique tree house, shaped like the United States, allows City of Atlanta kids an opportunity to get outside after school and meet in a clubhouse-like setting. The structure even includes separate tables representing Hawaii and an amphitheatre for Alaska. With funding from Georgia Urban Forestry Commission, Oakhurst Community Garden staff offers a variety of tree-centered environmental education activities including games, crafts, journaling, and community service. This year's project will culminate with a photography exhibit put together by our young urban foresters. The first Kirkwood Urban Tree House published a CD of kids' poetry and music on nature and the tree house. The program is currently in its second season and looking forward to serving more Kirkwood kids in the future.

Programs Offered: After school program Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 to 5:30 pm for youth 8 to 13 years old from Carver Boys & Girls Club and Bessie Branham Recreation Center. Other partners include: Trees Atlanta, Kirkwood Neighbors' Organization, Park Pride, City of Atlanta, and Georgia Urban and Community Forestry.

Contact Information:
Claire A. Miller
Education and Programming Coordinator
The Oakhurst Community Garden Project
529 Adams Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Ph: (404) 371-1920
Fx: (404) 371-8448

Milwaukee Urban Tree House

Lynden Hill
Milwaukee, WI

Location:  The entire city block (3 acres) between 22nd and 23rd streets, Juneau Ave. and McKinley Street, Milwaukee, WI

Brief Description: The Milwaukee Urban Treehouse (UTH) partnership has been in existence for approximately four years. In that time, the partners have developed the UTH partnership, secured a 20-year lease from the city; facilitated informational and design meetings with partners, facilitated meetings with neighborhood groups and college students, worked with landscape arcthitects and engineering students on draft designs, and fundraised the estimated construction amount. The Urban Treehouse site will consist of several thematic settings where environmental education can take place with groups of 10-15 students at a time. We are currently working with a contracted Interpretive Team to help us design the sites and decide on major themes and interpretive components. Midtown Neighborhood Association. is currently working with several construction companies who will be placing bids on the project. Construction of the Urban Treehouse settings will begin this summer.

Programs Offered:

  1. Spring Fling and National Public Lands Day (fall) Celebrations: annual neighborhood events consisting of: planting and weeding projects, nature stations, partner booths, and free food and music (provided by partners).
  2. Conservation Education Intern Program: Four college interns, along with UTH partners, provide twice-weekly programs at the UTH site. Programs and activities supplement a new Environmental Education curriculum developed between America's Outdoors and Neighborhood House (NH), that NH utilizes in their environmental education contacts with Milwaukee Public schools in the UTH neighborhood.
  3. Neighborhood House Environmental Education Program: NH's Environmental Education Program consists of 3-5 visits with each classroom. EE staff from NH visits the classroom once, then takes them to a local greenspace (often Lynden Hill Urban Treehouse site), and lastly takes the class to the NH Nature Center (100 acrese approx. 60 miles from Milwaukee). Recently, a trip to the USFWS Horicon National Wildlife Refuge was added for some of the classes completing the circle of learning about nature in a backyard green space, bigger nature center and finally a federal land site.

Contact Information:
Jean Claassen
America's Outdoor Center
626 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Bend-in-the-River Urban Tree House & Green Space

1030 West Fremont Avenue (1100 South)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84104

Mailing Address:
200 Central Campus Drive, Room 101
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

Brief Description:  The Bend-in-the-River Urban Tree House and Green Space is a 2-acre urban green space and environmental education site on the Jordan River. The project was initiated in 1996 for the 10th anniversary of the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center. The Bennion Center created partnerships with Salt Lake City Corporation, Tee Utah, Parkview Elementary, Poplar Grove and Glendale Community Councils, and many other organizations to restore this abandoned tract of land and create a natural place for the community to enjoy. The program is a dynamic community of partners creating and caring for a natural learning environment in an urban setting.

In the years since the project's inception, hundreds of schoolchildren, college students, corporate volunteers, and neighbors have worked together to remove invasive weeds, plant native trees and shrubs, spread mulch, and pick up trash. In addition, the Michael Foundation Urban Tree House was dedicated during an Earth Day celebration in April of 2001. This outdoor classroom has been a venue for neighborhood schoolchildren as they learn about native plants and animals, weather, and water quality. The site is also a rich resource for enhancing student literacy, math, and art experiences.

Programs Offered:  Bend-in-the-River offers hands on, educational outreach programming such as field trips and in-class presentations to local elementary schools and after school programs. The program is currently working to expand its educational opportunities to middle schools, high schools, and adults with new activities including interpretive nature walks and field sessions.

Contact Information:
LaraLee Smith, Bend-in-the-River Coordinator
200 Central Campus Drive, Room 101
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Phone (801)587-9027
e-mail: lsmith@sa.utah.edu  

DC Urban Tree House

Brief Description: The DC Urban Tree House is a community-based environmental education program designed to enhance urban communities' understanding of natural resources and environmental concepts. This hands-on program is based in Anacostia Park in Southeast DC. Its curriculum is influenced by the surrounding aquatic environment, and emphasizes the watershed, the interdependence of land and water, and the impact of the city on the environment.

Topics: Ecology, freshwater and saltwater ecosystems, wetlands, forests, biodiversity, sustainability, solid waste, land use, transportation, air and water pollution, and environmental ethics. Serving: Grades_K_through 12.


  1. Resource center provides equipment loans, curricula and technical assistance 
  2. Classroom outreach facilitates in-school environmental programs 
  3. Videos 
  4. Fact sheets and newsletter 
  5. Gardening and soil testing 
  6. Preparation and follow-up activities 
  7. Teacher workshops 
  8. Field trips and camping 
  9. Community service opportunities 
  10. Weekend and summer youth programs

Notes: Reservations required for programs.

Location and Getting There:  In Anacostia Park, next to Skating pavilion and the Aquatic Education Center, Call for detailed directions

Contact Information:
Amtchat Edwards
Outreach and Education Coordinator
Phone: (703) 524-2441
Fax: (703) 524-2451
Email: aedwards@thesca.org
Address: 1800 N. Kent St., Suite 102, Arlington, VA 22209
Web site: www.theSCA.org