Talk About Trees has online lessons available statewide. We are also offering limited tree walks for groups with 8 or more students. Book your lessons and walks today, as we have limited availability.
Online this term? We have that covered, too! Our educators can “visit” remotely with a tailor-made lesson for your classroom.
For more information, email: [email protected]
- “Paula Yablonski here!
I have been facilitating with Talk About Trees since the fall of 1999. This is the most fun job I have ever had and I love talking to folks about one of my favorite topics: TREES! There is so much to wonder about trees. As I have traveled around, visiting schools and groups in Southern Oregon over the past 20 years, I have found that other people love to share and talk about their experiences with trees too. I seem to learn something new about trees all the time (another favorite part of this work).
I grew up in the deciduous forests of Eastern Pennsylvania and my husband and I have been living in SW Oregon for over 30 years. I have a Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in Rehabilitation Education, a Masters degree in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum from Drexel University and I homeschool my teenage daughter. My daughter and I enjoy doing digital art, photography, beadwork and painting and the whole family loves to hike together. We live in the National Forest on a small ranch with forest, field and stream, where we have the benefit of curiously exploring the richness of Oregon’s nature every day.”
Talk About Trees facilitators are “reinventing” how we teach. We are exited to announce online classes and outdoor tree walks. Nothing can keep us from “talking about trees”!
TAT has facilitators located across the state of Oregon. All facilitators are Iindependent contractors. We miss our teachers and students and we miss teaching! Over the next few months, TAT facilitators will be profiled so you can get to know a little about these dedicated educators. Today, we meet Lisa Wilcke.
Lisa says, “Since joining Talk About Trees for fall of 2015 I have immersed myself in the world of trees, setting out to learn everything I can about not just trees but the environments in which they live. I am very partial to native trees, a bit ironic since I am a Seattle transplant-as-a-child myself. Whether learning about the absurdities of the traditions around tree names or the fascinating history of the Willamette Valley ponderosa pine, I find it difficult to keep these informational treasures to myself and LOVE sharing them with kids, teachers, parents or really anyone who will listen. Through my knowledge-quest, I took part in Portland Parks Tree Survey and then became a Neighborhood Tree Steward, a Neighborhood Tree Team Leader and recently lobbied the Portland Parks Department to set up a pop-up arboretum in Berrydale Park for the month of July – If you find yourself in the Portland area in July, I highly recommend taking a self-guided tour, the conifers in the park are AMAZING! If allowed, the Montavilla Tree Buds will be offering guided walks through the park on Saturday mornings 7/11, 7/18 & 7/25 at 10:00. The walks are perfect for all ages.”
“In addition to Talking About Trees I continue to work as a teaching artist in fused glass and completed a school community mural this winter which was hung just in time for the school closings but you can hop over to my website and take a peek.”
Due the closure of Oregon’s schools, TAT will be offering some of our Classroom Activities on this site. We miss our students and are looking forward to visiting schools again when they are reopened.