Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park Hosts 20th Annual Arbor Day Field Trip

Annual free event draws hundreds of fifth-grade students together from local schools for hands-on outdoor environmental education and a celebration of trees and nature.

2018 marks the 20th birthday of LEAF – The Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park. Each spring since its founding in 1998, Frontier Park’s nonprofit partner has hosted a free nature education field trip for hundreds of Erie-area fifth grade students. This year’s event will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018, at the LEAF Education Center at 1501 W. 6th Street. Identical morning and afternoon sessions provided by local volunteer educators will be offered to almost 400 students from participating schools in the Erie area.

The morning program will be from 10:30AM-12:30PM and the afternoon program will be from 1-3PM.

Each session will include hands-on learning stations led by local presenters and include activities such as tree identification, parts of a tree, trees and insects, soil studies, and more. Groups of students will attend three half-hour learning stations. Each session will conclude with a tree planting. Fairview Evergreen Nurseries, Inc.

will donate four trees to be planted in the arboretum during the field trip. Presenters include DCNR Forestry, Erie County Conservation District, Gannon University’s Environmental Science & Engineering Department, Erie County Health Department, Penn State Extension Master Gardeners, Penn State Extension, and Penn State Behrend’s Department of Geology.

The event is scheduled around Arbor Day each year and is designed to raise awareness about the role and importance of trees in the environment. It also brings attention to the more than 250 varieties of trees at the Arboretum at Frontier Park, which is free for the public’s enjoyment.

 “Trees are not only beautiful to look at, they play a vital role in helping to heal damage done to the environment, as well as prevent runoff and erosion, create habitat for birds and wildlife, and a multitude of other benefits people often take for granted,” said LEAF Board Member and Penn State Extension Educator Ruth Benner. “This event educates students about the immense value of trees in our everyday lives.”

The event schedule is as follows:

10:15AM-10:30AM – Student registration
10:30AM – Welcome & Directions
10:40AM – First Session
11:10AMecond Session
11:40AM – Third Session
12:10PM – Tree Planting
12:30PM – Student dismissal
12:30-1PM: Lunch for all volunteers

12:45-1:00PM – Student registration
1:00PM – Welcome & Directions
1:10PM – First Session
1:40PM – Second Session
2:10PM – Third Session
2:40PM – Tree Planting
3:00PM – Student Dismissal

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