Children See Foliage From Above

Children See Foliage From Above

How do you spark children’s interest in trees? One way is to get outside and show them just what it takes to enjoy the presence of trees!

Davey’s Cleveland West commercial landscape services crew has volunteered at Fresh Air Camp, a six-day camp for children who are ventilator dependent, since 2011. Fresh Air Camp is designed to give disabled children a chance to spend time outdoors and participate in group activities.

Every year, Davey crewmembers volunteer to give children a boost into a tree canopy to catch a view from the top. Without the help of volunteers and their equipment, the children’s limitations would prevent them from experiencing this unique opportunity. 

A certified arborist inspects and approves the tree that will be used for the climbing demonstration prior to the children’s activity. Then, a volunteer harnesses the children, secures their safety equipment and up, up, up the children go!

It’s events like these that can inspire children to love trees and teach them about trees’ importance and the benefits they provide. Check out the photo gallery below for some highlights of 2014 Fresh Air Camp.

How do you inspire your community to love its trees? Comment below with your story--we would love to know how you spread your tree love!  

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  • Yes They Can

    I didn't appreciate my view from the sky until I met some special kids.

    It was two or three days into Fresh Air Camp at Camp Cheerful in Strongsville, Ohio. A few of the arborists from The Davey Tree Expert Company I recognized from the pruning and other maintenance I had experienced in the past few weeks. From what I could see between branches, they were standing below, putting together cables, ropes and harnesses. It looked like they were preparing for some sort of activity for the campers.

    Then, I noticed some medical and student volunteers guiding a few of the children toward me. Some looked excited; others looked nervous. As they arrived beneath the canopy, I watched as each of their chins gradually turned up toward the clouds, seeking my topmost branch, such wonder in their eyes. Fifty feet is nothing to me - I live it every day. But what does 50 feet mean to them?

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