Arbor Rangers ™ are kids who LOVE trees and recognize their value and importance in our community lives. As young Foresters of Urban Nature, they help to protect & defend our natural resources as good tree stewards and invite you to learn about these marvelous plants by sharing in their adventures!
The Arbor Rangers ™ educational outreach program is supported primarily by the arborist services* performed for Indianapolis, IN area clients by Jeff Harris and his associates (Arbor Rangers, LLC).
*Arborist service clients: Please use the CLIENT SUPPORT link in the CONTACT US menu.
EVENTS for 2018
Does your school or organization have a special event in Indiana related to tree education, tree planting, tree maintenance, tree celebration, etc. happening in 2018?
“I’ve got some kind of creepy fungus all over my tree! Will it kill my tree?” Find out if lichens are worth your worry!
Are planting new trees in YOUR future? Great! But before you do…
DON’T TAKE CHANCES!Call 8-1-1 BEFORE you dig!
Knowing where underground utility lines are buried before each digging project begins helps to prevent injury, expense and penalties. The depth of utility lines may vary and multiple utility lines may exist in one area. Simple digging jobs can damage utility lines and can disrupt vital services to an entire neighborhood, harm those who dig and result in expensive fines and repair costs. Marked lines show those who dig the approximate location of underground lines and help prevent undesired consequences.
The Latest BUZZzzzzz
What are POLLINATORS and why are they important? Find out here and how YOU can make a difference!
Jeff Harris demonstrates planting a tree for students of St. Louis School in Batesville, IN
A newly emerged Annual Cicada spreads its wings on a Maple branch
Madison Fulton Wins 3rd Place
Teacher Jane Brack and Jeff Harris recognize the artwork of shy Madison Fulton of St. Lawrence School in Lawrenceburg, IN who won 3rd Place in the 2012 Arbor Day Poster Contest
Madison Fulton 3rd Place Winning Poster
3RD PLACE: Madison Fulton (Teacher: Jane Brack) St. Lawrence School, Lawrenceburg, IN
A sneaky Raccoon hides behind a counter in the garage looking for an opportunity to escape
Jose Moreno of the Arbor Rangers™
Jaira Harris assists with a tree presentation held at a daycare in Indianapolis, IN
Giant Click Beetle
A giant Click Beetle measuring nearly 2" long was found clinging to a rotting tree
Jeff with Osighe
Jeff Harris with Osighe Akpeokhai at an art show where his winning poster is recognized before students by his teacher, Laura Salee, at Andrew J. Brown Academy in Indianapolis, IN
Osighe Akpeokhai's Winning 2014 1st Place Poster
1ST PLACE: Osighe Akpeokhai (Teacher: Laura Salee) Andrew J. Brown Academy, Indianapolis, IN
Yellow Jackets feed on a fallen apple that smells of souring cider
Zaire Manning of the Arbor Rangers™
Bird's nest in Blue Spruce shrub
Emily Koch Wins 2nd Place
Emily Koch and her teacher, Beth Emsweller, win 2nd Place in the 2012 Arbor Day Poster Contest and plant a tree with Jeff Harris on school grounds to celebrate at St. Louis School in Batesville, IN
Emily Koch's 2014 2nd Place Winning Poster
2ND PLACE: Emily Koch (Teacher: Beth Emsweller) St. Louis School, Batesville, IN
Honey Locust tree thorns
Clive Jones of the Arbor Rangers™
Jeff Harris demonstrates tree trunk nutrient injections at a daycare on the southside of Indianapolis, IN
A Praying Mantis dines on a Cricket
Kyle Bickel Wins 1st Place
Kyle Bickel and his teacher, Susan Lombard, of Highland Elementary School in Evansville, IN were 1st Place winners of the 2012 Arbor Day Poster Contest
2012 1st Place Winner Kyle Bickel
1ST PLACE: Kyle Bickel (Teacher: Susan Lombard) Highland Elementary School, Evansville, IN
Large Tree Conk
A large fungal tree conk grows out of a rotting tree
Keiko Fukiage of the Arbor Rangers™
Jeff Harris Receives an Award
Jeff Harris receives the "Outstanding Individual of the Year" Award at the 2014 IUFC Fall Conference
A Nurse Spider crawls through some fall leaves in a wooded area
1st Place Runner-up: Paige Jones and her teacher Lydia Weber
1st Place Runner-up: Paige Jones and her teacher Lydia Weber of Lincoln Elementary School in Bedford, IN
Paige Jones' 2014 1st Runner-up Poster
1st Runner-up: Paige Jones (Teacher: Lydia Weber) Lincoln Elementary School, Bedford, IN
Donny Phillips of the Arbor Rangers™
Jaira and the Corn Snake
Jaira holds a Corn Snake at the 2015 IUFC Winter Conference at the Hayes Arboretum in Richmond, IN
Leaf illustration showing veins on its surface
Happy Arbor Day!
The Arbor Rangers™ celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday in the month of April in Indiana.
Quince Rust of Hawthorn
Quince Rust infecting fruit of a Hawthorn tree
Lindsey and Tom
Lindsey Purcell and Tom Ordway, who are part of the Arbor Rangers™ storyline and marketing Creative Team
A tiny Vole slightly larger than the tip of an adult index finger emerges from a nearby hole to nibble on some seeds.
Nipple Galls on Hackberry Leaves
Nipple Galls on Hackberry leaves
Don't Move Firewood logo
Don't Move Firewood logo
A tree splits and falls onto a house during a bad storm
3rd Runner-up: Breanna Cory
3rd Runner-up: Breanna Cory (Teacher: Danielle Eccles) North White Elementary School, Monon, IN
Jaira and Kristopher
Jaira and Kristopher Harris help on a landscape project
Clive Jones' pet mantid, Mickey
Arbor Rangers™ Mugs
A new shipment of Arbor Rangers™ mugs arrive
Keiko Enjoys an Apple
Keiko Fukiage enjoys eating an apple. She is one of the Arbor Rangers™
Like big kids, a group of conference attendees put on ALB antennaes
Leaf Cross-section Illustration
A leaf cross-section illustration
Golf Ball-size Hail Stone
One of many golf ball-size hail stones that damaged cars, roofs, and plants during a thunderstorm
Karma and Jaira
Karma and Jaira Harris help at an art show awards program for an Arbor Day Poster Contest winner in Indianapolis, IN
What is PHOTOSYNTHESIS? Well… besides being a long word that you might think is one of those fancy words used in a science-fiction story, photosynthesis is actually the term used in real science to depict the amazing chemical process of how plants make their own energy.
Where does a tree get its energy? Through the use of its leaves, a tree is able to manufacture its own energy through this process called photosynthesis. Here is a diagram of how sunlight energy is absorbed by chlorophyll combined with water and carbon dioxide are converted into sugar (also known as glucose). This sugar serves as energy food for a tree; some is constantly being used to sustain the tree and a portion is stored away in its trunks for later use. Oxygen is also produced in the process and we can all appreciate the vital importance of that for all breathing life forms… including us!
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