Arbor Day Celebration

Students from Iowa Grant Middle School celebrated Earth-Arbor Day during a morning ceremony held at the Hugh Harper Indoor Group Camp at Wyalusing State Park on Friday, April 29, 2011.

Shown in photo - Iowa Grant Middle School students: Seth Thomas, Jeren Spurley, Joey Rule, Kyle Saderstrom, Beau Solomon, Bryce Curtis, Austin Seyfferth, and Friends of Wyalusing State Park president,  Bruce Klang.
A group of eighth graders assisted Friends of Wyalusing State Park president Bruce Klang and members Ruth Klang, Kathy and Randy Paske, and Dave Weiderholt.

Eight trees, four maple and four white oak, were planted along the parking lot.The trees were purchased by The Friends of Wyalusing State Park.

The school was at the Hugh Harper Indoor Group Camp as part of the eighth grade curriculum. A school representative said that the school has been coming to the park since 1965.
The first Arbor Day was celebrated in 1872 by a bunch of Nebraska farmers who were living in sod huts on the open prairies and trying to make a living. A newspaperman named J. Sterling Morton came up with the idea of planting trees to provide fuel, building materials, erosion control, windbreaks, and shade from the prairie sun. On that first Arbor Day, those Nebraska farmers got to work and planted over a million trees.

The following are some statistics on just how important trees are:
  • “The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.” —U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  • “If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3% less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12%.” —Dr. E. Greg McPherson, Center for Urban Forest Research
  • “In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension.” —Dr. Roger S. Ulrich Texas A&M University
Additional Arbor Day photos shown at this link
Sixty second video available at this link.