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Frogs Are Green Contests ADMIN April 12, 2016
CITY OF TREES - Calling all Jersey City students, K-12 grades!The Jersey City Parks Coalition and Frogs Are Green with Education and Engagement Sponsor Goldman Sachs, invite you to participate in... (Read more below!)

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Calling all Jersey City students, K-12 grades!

The Jersey City Parks Coalition and Frogs Are Green with Education and Engagement Sponsor Goldman Sachs, invite you to participate in...

Did you know that the Jersey City tree canopy is at severely low levels?

The City of Trees initiative is our response to the tree canopy study conducted by the Jersey City Environmental Commission, which found that the JC tree canopy is currently at 17%. (The national average is 40% for a mid-sized city.)

The Jersey City Parks Coalition has launched the “Bigger Dig 2020” which in collaboration with the City of Jersey City and other like minded organizations, will plant a minimum of 2,020 trees by the year 2020.
What better way to engage students in this tremendous effort than to inspire them to create their “City of Trees” vision?

Students will create their artwork, which will be scanned or photographed for an online gallery and then at a later date, may be painted on storefront windows in various Jersey City shopping locations. (Date of window painting TBD). Whatever medium is used, it must be able to be replicated on store windows. For example: Sculpture and collage wouldn’t work.

Your artwork may include:

the tops of the trees or all parts
birds and other wildlife that may live in or around trees
the leaf litter and ground below the trees and critters that inhabit those areas, such as frogs, salamanders, worms, etc…
how to take care of trees
how trees add to your daily view as you walk or ride about town
how increasing the number of trees improve the health of all living things and will protect us further from climate change

Submit your artwork to the online gallery before the deadline of April 11th, 2016.

If you have any trouble uploading or have questions, contact Susan Newman at Frogs Are Green. (

What is a tree canopy and why is it important?

In biology, the canopy is the aboveground portion of a plant community or crop, formed by the collection of individual plant crowns.

In forest ecology, canopy also refers to the upper layer or habitat zone, formed by mature tree crowns and including other biological organisms (epiphytes, lianas, arboreal animals, etc.). Sometimes the term canopy is used to refer to the extent of the outer layer of leaves of an individual tree or group of trees. Shade trees normally have a dense canopy that blocks light from lower growing plants.
What is Urban Tree Canopy?

Urban tree canopy (UTC) is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. In urban areas, the UTC provides an important stormwater management function by intercepting rainfall that would otherwise run off of paved surfaces and be transported into local waters though the storm drainage system, picking up various pollutants along the way. UTC also reduces the urban heat island effect, reduces heating/cooling costs, lowers air temperatures, reduces air pollution, increases property values, provides wildlife habitat, and provides aesthetic and community benefits such as improved quality of life.
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Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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