Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Earth Day 2013

Mother Nature cooperated (finally!) and our Earth Day celebration went off without a hitch!

Over 130 students, teachers and aides from Cambridge Elementary School and Walbridge School participated in our program, which was held in partnership with Aldo Leopold Foundation and made possible by a crew of great volunteers!

Students worked through five stations, including:

Planting fruit trees and shrubs to create a wildlife habitat area (the walnuts and Kentucky coffee trees we had planned on planting were still frozen in the ground at the nursery!)...

Learning about the history of Earth Day, Leopold's land ethic, and the diverse ecosystems that make up Arington Tree Farm...

Learning about the various components of trees through a fun and funny game (watch the video!)...

Learning about tree health and age, and decorating their own "tree cookies" ...

And eyeing up some of the feathered friends who make the Farm their home. 

The students followed in Aldo Leopold's footsteps by recording their experiences throughout the day in a journal. They jotted down names of birds they could hear, sketched the landscape, and took notes on how to plant a tree. 

It was a great day and fun for all. Special thanks to our great group of volunteers who made it happen: Doug and Trisha Duren, Loren and Nedra Hanson, Janet Hutchens, Georgia Gomez-Ibanez, Daniel Schneider, Trisha Knoot, Emily Iehl, Leann Wolthusen, Cameron Bushong and Marie Burgette Bach.

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