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One Camper, One Tree

Here at iD, we bleed green. iD green. We’re devoted to teaching students STEM skills, helping them find their niche, and creating awesome summer memories. But we’re also devoted to another kind of green—the environment. Since our mission is to prepare students for the future, we also want to prepare the future for our students. And what kind of a future isn’t green?

That’s why we give back to our communities and the environment by partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant one tree for every camper who attends our programs. It’s pretty simple—we donate one dollar to the Arbor Day Foundation for each student, and in turn, a tree gets planted. One Camper One Tree. Our ultimate goal? We want to plant 1 million trees. We’re on our way.

We’ve sown the seeds for over 155,000 trees since the inception of the program, and expect to plant nearly 50,000 trees in 2016 alone. We’ll continue the initiative as long as we’re in business.

Planting Results, Via The Arbor Day Foundation

Los Padres National Forest, California

In 2006, the Derby Fire burned a total of 163,908 acres on Los Padres. The forest service immediately put together a management plan to reforest more than 17,000 acres of land that was considered high severity. The percentage of conifers in this forest has declined considerably due to major wildfires that have burned in the last decade.

The 2013 Zaca and Day Fire restoration began in late March and was recently completed. Over six weeks, more than 180,000 ponderosa, sugar, and Jeffrey pine trees were planted by a crew of 12-14 people. Without the help from our partners, friends and donors, these areas would not likely recover.


Shasta-trinity National Forest, California

The 700-acre project was burned by both the 2007 Wallow Fire and the 2012 Stafford Fire. Many areas burned with high severity, leaving little to no seed source behind for future regeneration. The goal of the 2013 planting effort is to plant 92,700 Ponderosa pine, incense cedar, sugar pine, and Douglas fir trees.


Wisconsin's Bayfield County Forest

This area is being reforested due to insect issues and clear-cutting. The trees are helping to reestablish the area, while providing a habitat for the Kirtland’s Warbler, a local endangered bird.


How can you help? Attend camp this summer. Let us plant a tree for you.

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