A delayed Arbor Day for local schools

Jun 10, 2019
Courtesy of: Sue Beemer Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition members Marianne Randall and Tom King distribute white spruce seedlings to third-graders in one of five area schools

Belfast — National Arbor Day is in April, but in Maine that timing isn't always good for planting.

Celebrating the third week in May, two members of the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition (BBWC), Tom King and Marianne McKinney Randall, took Arbor Day to some local schools May 21 with visits to East Belfast, Capt. Albert Stevens, Ames, Drinkwater, and Cornerspring Montessori schools.

Following a discussion about the importance of trees and how to plant a tree, every third-grade student received a native white spruce seedling to take home and plant.

Happy faces and enthusiasm suggested the children enjoyed learning about Maine and native trees. Some adults reminisced about planting seedlings on Arbor Day as children, and then the joy of watching them grow up and seeing them years later.

BBWC thanks Maine Forest Service for the donation of 135 seedlings to make this happen.


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