Vegetation Barrier Toolkit for Schools and Communities

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The goal of this toolkit is to take a community group step-by-step through the process of planning, creating, and caring for a vegetation barrier, or buffer, in addition to using vegetation barriers as part of science curricula.

Lesson Plans

Vegetative Barrier Lesson Plans

This accompanying educational toolkit supports teachers and students as they conduct activities to understand what methods and species are the most successful at removing pollution. Their experiences and data collected will be used to help develop best practices that will be implemented at other schools around the country.

The lesson sequence has been organized to allow teachers and students to understand air quality and make observations of air quality at their site, to understand how trees and vegetation can improve air quality over time, and to then develop mitigation plans and strategies that help improve these conditions.

The document below outlines the education resources and components that would be part of this toolkit. The toolkit has been organized to provide schools and classrooms with tools to develop a vegetation barrier at their site, as well as monitor air quality, before and after installation.


About the Chicago Region Trees Initiative

The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) is a partnership for coordinated action on key issues facing trees. It is the largest such initiative in the country, with leading organizations and agencies from across the seven-county metropolitan region working together. CRTI is leveraging funding, knowledge, skills, and expertise to build a healthier, more diverse regional forest.

About The Morton Arboretum

The mission of The Morton Arboretum is to collect and study trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world, to display them across naturally beautiful landscapes for people to study and enjoy, and to learn how to grow them in ways that enhance our environment. The Morton Arboretum’s goal is to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

About the Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency is an independent executive agency of the United States federal government. Its mission is to protect human health and the environment. Its principles are to follow the science, follow the law, be transparent, and advance justice and equity.

About the Environmental Law & Policy Center

The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading environmental legal advocacy organization. They drive transformational policy changes with national impacts.

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