Conserving our planet's botanical resources and ecosystems


Church Forest documentary film to be released 2014

Church Forest Preview from Greg Vander Veer on Vimeo.
Church Forest reveals a mystical world where priests and scientists struggle to come together, despite vastly different beliefs,  to save the last forests of Northern Ethiopia. Through stunning religious ceremonies, humorous moments with eccentric scientists, revealing macro-photography, and traditional

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Dr. Lowman to be Key Speaker at Wildlife Conservation Awareness Day in Persada, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

On April 2nd, 2013, Dr. Margaret Lowman will be speaking at the International Convenstion Center in Johor Bahru, Malaysia for Wildlife Conservation Awareness Day – “Save Wildlife, Save Lives”.
Program (PDF)

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Photos from Ethiopia by Lydia Ball

Lyndia Ball captured these stunning images while with Dr. Lowman in Ethiopia working to save the church forests.
CanopyMeg and TREE Foundation are working to conserve the Church Forests of Ethiopia. Find out more and how you can help.

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The 2013 Tree Climbers Rendezvous – You’re Invited!

Meg giving an evening presentation at 2008 Tree Climbers Rendezvous

Host: Tree Climbers International®, Inc. (TCI), the world’s first school and organization for recreational tree climbing.
Dates: October 9-14, 2013
Location: Simpsonwood Conference Center, Norcross, Georgia (just outside Atlanta)
The Tree Climbers “Rendezvous” is an annual gathering. Most years, participants are primarily recreational climbers who come for the fun of

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Big Forest Conservation Advances in Ethiopia – January 2013

Thanks to generous contributions from our global forest fans, TREE Foundation has leveraged our conservation programs in Ethiopia from 2 protected forests to nearly 25 forests where stone walls defining the perimeters are funded and under construction. The church leaders have expressed their appreciation, and also their

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“The Church in the Forest” in The Tablet (December 2010)

This article from the December 2010 issue of The Tablet is about the Ethiopian Church Forests:

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Alemayehu’s account of Meg’s trip to Ethiopia in January 2013

Dr. Alemayehu Wassie Eshete (Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia) writes:
Meg was here from Jan7-13/2012.
She arrived Monday Jan 7 and made an excursion on Lake Tana to show some preliminary cultural settings of Ethiopia to the three american students.
Jan 8 she had to show how to undertake

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In the Canopy with Wheelchairs and Tardigrades

National Science Foundation Research Opportunity
3D Invertebrate Herbivory and Biodiversity in Deciduous North American Forest Canopies: Inspiring Students with Physical Disabilities to Pursue Field Biology
June 1 – August 11, 2013 | Baker University, Baldwin City, Kan.
More info | Apply Now

Want A Different Research Experience?
Want new skills, new challenges,

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Pine View School’s first-of-the-school-year Myakka River State Park field trip

Pine View class

Denise Fugere and Stephanie Gould-Olson, Pine View School Elementary teachers, are passionate about the importance of students experiencing real life science outside.
Recently they ventured on their first-of-the-school-year Myakka River State Park field trip. There are 3rd and 5th grade students mixed up and mentoring one another, and

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E.O. Wilson’s Global Town Hall [VIDEO and PHOTOS]

E.O. Wilson’s Global Town Hall, moderated by Dr. Meg Lowman at The Nature Research Center is available for viewing below:

Watch live streaming video from naturalsciences at

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