Learning about Arbor Day
The fourth graders at Ely Elementary School met in the park Tuesday, May 22 to celebrate Arbor Day and learn about the value of having trees in our community, with Bismarck Community Forest Specialist Joe Nichols.
“Trees are very beneficial in clearing our air, slowing climate change, preventing species loss by providing shelter, and they nurture our human spirit,” asserts the Arbor Day organization website.
Nichols explained how Arbor Day began in history and what it has come to mean to North Dakota, and Rugby specifically.
Nichols taught the students how to prepare the tree’s location. He demonstrated how to clip the roots to a desirable length prior to planting and how to properly fill the hole while aligning the tree. Next he discussed the importance of watering the tree regularly while the root system is being established.
“The 4th graders seemed to really enjoy this education,” said Jennifer Stewart, City of Rugby auditor. “They were all listening intently and were excited to learn more about planting trees. We really appreciate Nichols coming to Rugby and teaching our students about the importance of trees to our community.”
Specific tree diseases such as Dutch Elm were discussed, and the children were educated in what to look for in identifying disease and learning how to maintain tree health. The students had their picture taken with the flag that was presented to the city for maintaining status of “Tree City USA” for 15 consecutive years.
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