Education Resources

Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey is an aesthetically-pleasing, educational viewing experience for Arkansans of all ages from all walks of life. The exhibit easily relates to numerous online links for projects and programming, including State Frameworks, and provides parents and teachers an easily-accessible, self-directed learning opportunity for students of varying abilities. Click on the links below for a list of educational opportunities.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network has produced a documentary DVD on champion trees that includes the artist and the art exhibit: it will air beginning in March 2014.  Copies of the DVD will be made available to Arkansas school libraries, and online professional development training based on the DVD will be provided through the AETN IDEAS program (Internet Delivered Education for Arkansas Schools: upload date TBA).  The Arkansas Committee’s educational component, “Growing Champion Classrooms”, began distribution in June 2014.  Distributed through existing professional development workshops sponsored by the Arkansas Forestry Association's Project Learning Tree, "Growing Champion Classrooms" provides informative materials and poster sets based on the exhibit images for classroom teachers as well as informal educators working in forestry/natural heritage, scouting, 4-H, and elder hostel programs.

The Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts gratefully acknowledges the following for their generous support of the educational component:

“Growing Champion Classrooms”

Entergy Arkansas

School for Forest Resources, University of Arkansas at Monticello

Entergy Corporation Charitable Foundation School for Forestry Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello

This program is supported in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.



Growing Champion Classrooms Lesson Plans

Lesson plans are geared to Visual Art, but do not require special art materials or an art specialist to teach. Each grade level includes 2 plans with multiple activities from which to choose and adapt according to teacher preference and available time. Each plan identifies applicable Visual Art State Frameworks and gives Common Core options. Lesson plan poster images marked for "Download" are high resolution for printing purposes; however, all poster images are suitable for projection in a classroom situation.

Early Elementary (K-2) Do Trees Have Knees?
Poster image: Bald Cypress
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Early Elementary (K-2) Painting Sticks with Sticks!
Poster image: Northern Catalpa
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Upper Elementary (3-5) Under the Cherrybark: Haiku
Poster image: Cherrybark Oak
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Upper Elementary (3-5) What's Your Story?
Poster image: Sugar Maple/Guardian of the Fallen
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Middle School (6-8) Bark, Bark...Everywhere, Bark!
Poster image: Shortleaf Pine, Chinkapin Oak
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Middle School (6-8) Color Gets Emotional
Poster image: White Oak/Council Oak
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Additional Poster Images

American Holly View
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Bur Oak View
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Dogwood View
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Eastern Cottonwood View
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Ginko View
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Persimmon View
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Post Oak View
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Southern Magnolia View
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Tulip Tree View
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Water Tupelo View
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White Ash View
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Educational Materials

Exhibit Activities and Gallery Guides

Family Gallery Guide (2-fold activities flyer) View
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Activities for Grades K - 2 View
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Activity Cards for Grades 3 - 5 View
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Especially for Educators

AETN: Arkansas IDEAS Portal View  
Project Learning Tree View
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More about PLT's director, Rob Beadel View
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Additional Information and Resources

Arkansas Forestry Association

Arkansas Forestry Commission

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission Web Links

Arkansas Urban Forestry Council



Information about Arkansas' Champion Trees, our forests and natural heritage can be viewed through these links: