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ESC to host free tree-planting event on May 1

The public is invited to register K-12 children and join in a tree-planting from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood. Participants will help plant 400 trees at the event, which is sponsored by the college in conjunction with Girl Scouts of the USA’s “Tree Promise” movement. Twelve species of bare root trees will be planted, and participants will learn the role of riparian buffers and why each tree was chosen for its location.

ESC to host free tree-planting event on May 1.
ESC to host free tree-planting event on May 1.

Attendees will receive a logo’d pair of gardening gloves from the college, Keystone 10 Million Tree Partnership swag and hands-on experience at environmental education stations staffed by ESC personnel.

They also will have the opportunity to visit the WoodMobile, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources‘ traveling interactive exhibit about the state’s forests.

Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture, is spearheading the event, at which Girl Scouts can earn the GSUSA Tree Promise and Chesapeake Bay Foundation Clean Water Grows on Trees patches. (Patches are free but must be ordered online from the organizations’ respective websites).

All attendees should bring their own water bottles.

There is no charge to attend, but participants are asked to pre-register.

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