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Students, Community to Celebrate Arbor Day in Ferguson Township

by on May 03, 2019 4:18 PM

Students in Ferguson Township Elementary School's Environmental Club will join with local government and community partners for an Arbor Day Celebration and Pollinator Garden Planting on Sunday.

The public is invited — and encouraged — to attend the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Songbird Sanctuary on Owens Drive, a passive park owned by Ferguson Township.

Meghan Hoskins, co-coordinator of the school's Environmental Club, said last year about 60 students and community members came out for the event and helped to plant more than 300 trees. This year they hope even more attendees stop by to enjoy the day and help plant native pollinator plants, including trees, bushes and flowers.

The event will have a few special guests as well, with Smokey the Bear and staff from the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research, who will be bringing an observation bee hive.

Hoskins said that people are invited to come any time between 10 and 2 and stay for as long as they like. Leaders will be helping kids and adults with planting in the garden, which is designed by Penn State Master Gardeners.

Students, meanwhile, have been looking forward to the celebration.

"The students are very excited to get out and ‘do something,’" Hoskins said. "They like getting their hands dirty and they like doing something they know is good for animals and the Earth. Plus they get to hang out with their friends and have great snacks."

It's also, of course, an educational experience, one that supplements lessons they have been learning about the importance of pollinators for our food and choosing the right plants to support them.

"They have also learned about trees and all the benefits they give us, animals and the Earth," Hoskins said. "Through this event they get to work with local experts and the community to learn how to plant both pollinator plants and trees and they will hopefully take those lessons away and want to continue working to improve things in our community."

The club is partnering with Ferguson Township, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Central PA Pheasants Forever and the Penn State Master Gardeners for the event. 

"The Township and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife have been such wonderful partners the past two years and the kids of the Environmental Club have given us such great motivation to continue pushing making positive improvements in the community," Hoskins said. "They have so much energy!"

Anyone who would like to help with the Environmental Club's projects in the future can contact Hoskins at [email protected]. She said a second State College Area elementary school Environmental Club has been started at Park Forest Elementary as well.



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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