Friday, July 22, 2011

Photos: Planning and Design Day

The High School Summer Crew completed their third professional development day Wednesday at the Casey Trees headquarters. Development days are awarded to the crew throughout the summer as long as they reach their tree care goals. The students surpassed their most recent tree touch goal, caring for a total of 3,114 trees by the end of week four. So on Wednesday, Maisie Hughes, our Planning and Design director, led the crew in several engaging activities, both on site and at the nearby Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land.

After morning icebreakers, the summer crew learned about tree space, landscape architects and arborists. The students then split up into groups to debate various proposals for a tree space design during a mock public meeting. They wrapped up the morning with a game of planning and design jeopardy.

A group takes notes during the debate
Crew members deliberate during Jeopardy

The afternoon segment kicked off with a power point about tree planting goals and our 3030 Rain Garden. Maisie explained to the crew the process of selecting the right trees for the garden.

Maisie shows the crew a map of the District's tree canopy

The crew then set off into the hot afternoon for the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. They broke off into teams to explore the beautiful gardens and analyze the landscape and treescape. Before leaving the site, the crew convened to discuss their findings. The day ended with a community planning activity.

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. See our self-guided tree map of this location!

A group examines trees surrounding the grotto

Crew members compare and discuss notes on the landscape

See all of the photos from this event on Flickr.

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