Intelligent Trees

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2017 | 9:00 PM

Trees talk, know family ties, and care for their young? Is this too fantastic to be true? German forester Peter Wohlleben ('The Hidden Life of Trees') and scientist Suzanne Simard (The University of British Columbia, Canada) have been observing and investigating the communication between trees over decades and their findings are most astounding. Featuring fascinating arboreal relationships such as an old tree-couple looking after each other and a Mother Tree suckling its offspring, this film matches Wohlleben and Simard’s observations to the latest underlying forest science research.

Film Information

Year: 2016
Length: 45 minutes
NGO: Alberta Wilderness Association

Curriculum Connection

Social 6

Cast & Credits

Director: Peter Wohlleben and Suzanne Simard

UN Goal


Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss



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 DR. DAVID ROBERTS | University of Calgary

Dr. David Roberts of Calgary spent his youth adventuring in the Rocky Mountains, before his passion for the outdoors led to a PhD in conservation biology from the University of Alberta. He currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Calgary in the Dept. of Geography and the Arctic Institute of North America. His doctoral and postdoctoral research focuses on how ecosystems and species have (in the past) and will (in the future) respond to rapidly changing environments. Working in a variety of places, from beautiful Canadian forests to the Black Forest in Germany, and engaging with a variety of stakeholders shaped his perspective on climate change as a global challenge with cooperative solutions that must be based on foundations of open science and evidence-based policy.