Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park Hosts 19th Annual Arbor Day Celebration

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

The Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF) is excited to present its 19th Annual Arbor Day Celebration event, which will be hosted at the LEAF Education Center at 1501 W. 6th Street on May 12, 2017 during identical morning and afternoon education sessions to almost 300 students from six participating schools in the Erie area.

The morning session will run from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the afternoon session from 11:20 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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, and more. Groups of students will attend three half-hour learning stations. Each session will conclude with a tree planting. Presenters include LEAF, DCNR Forestry, Erie County Conservation District, Erie County Health Department, Penn State Extension Master Gardeners, Penn State Extension, and Nickle Plate Landscaping.

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.”

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