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 Artemis Moon Trees

Artemis I Launch

We will post updates here regarding the launch of Artemis I. 

Moon Trees LIVE

Moon Trees LIVE - A Distance Learning Adventure is at 1 p.m. EST on October 27th! Join us for a live interactive program about past and future Moon Trees. The program will be streaming from both our YouTube and Facebook pages. Students can watch live and ask questions to experts from both the Forest Service and NASA. Check back here for updates on the program and more information. We hope to see you there! 

If you would like to submit a question for Moon Trees LIVE - fill out this brief google form

We are currently looking for 4th-8th grade classes who would like to evaluate this program. Classes chosen to evaluate the program will have to watch the live event at 1 p.m. EST on October 27th. If your class is interested in reviewing this program, please email bradi.mcdonald@usda.gov

Moon Trees Introduction 

NASA and the USDA Forest Service are partnering to send tree seeds to space on Artemis I and bring STEM education that connects Artemis I programming to Earth science, conservation education, data literacy, and citizen science to educators and youth nationwide. Seeds orbiting the Moon are from loblolly pine, Douglas-fir, giant sequoia, American sycamore, and sweetgum trees. 

This is the second time tree seeds have gone to space and the first time they will spend about six weeks in space orbiting the Moon. Tree seeds first went to space aboard Apollo 14

Upon returning to Earth, the Forest Service will grow the seeds into seedlings. Public and educational institutions across the United States will have the opportunity to submit a proposal to be a custodian of an Artemis Moon Tree. Information about how to submit a proposal for a tree seedling will be released by NASA's Office of STEM Engagement no earlier than 30 days after splashdown. 

You can engage youth in learning about Moon Trees and how to care for and monitor them through the Countdown to Moon Trees Learning Module and our other educational resources

To stay up to date on all things Moon Trees visit the Moon Trees Press section. This section will include resources and articles from NASA, the Forest Service, and other educational content. 

Moon Trees History 

Astronaut Stuart Roosa, a former Forest Service smokejumper, carried seeds with him on the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. These seeds returned to Earth and were grown into the first generation of Moon Trees. Find out more about this first generation of Moon Trees on NASA's website

FIND Outdoors was fortunate enough to receive one of the first generation moon trees in 1976. This tree then went on to produce a second generation moon tree that was planted at a former NASA site during the Solar Eclipse in 2017. Click here to read more about both of these trees, Stuart Roosa, and where you can visit a moon tree near you.



Moon Trees Educational Resources

Natural Inquirer is excited to partner with the Forest Service to provide a variety of Moon Trees Educational Resources. We will be updating this site as new education products become available. We will also be adding links to additional NASA educational opportunities.

Introduction To Moon Trees Lesson Plan


Sign up to receive STEM resources for Artemis launch 

Countdown to Moon Trees Learning Module


 Moon Trees Press