Arbor Day celebration are set for Baldwin City
This is the week of Arbor Day in Baldwin City. Mayor Ken Wagner has proclaimed Baldwin City Arbor Day as Friday.
As part of that celebration the Arbor Day Posters done by Baldwin fifth graders are on display in the Lumberyard Arts Center through Thursday. The Baldwin City Tree Board sponsors the poster contest. Last November Jon and Roger Boyd made a presentation to the fifth grade classes at Baldwin Elementary Intermediate Center explaining the theme this year for the National Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year’s them was “Trees are Terrific and Energy Wise.” The students learned about how trees shade, evaporative cool in summer, and deflect cold winds around our homes in winter. The students then drew a poster that reflected those issues.
Also as a celebration of this activity the Baldwin City Tree Board will be planting trees on school grounds with the participation of those fifth grade classes on Friday. The students will also get their posters back and the Tree Board will announce the winners in each class. Each class winner receives a gift certificate to a local merchant.
The following Saturday, May 1, the Baldwin City Tree Board will be giving away small trees next to the Post Office beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Tree Board will have 150 trees to give away. The trees are free to anyone but a small donation is requested to support continuing the program. The trees that are anticipated to be available are Pin and Bur Oak, Ranetka and Prairie Fire Crabapple, Sugar, Norway, and Japanese Maple, Green Ash, Little-leaf Linden, and Thornless Honey Locust. Availability of a given species cannot be guaranteed. Planting instructions can also be provided.
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