April 16, 2005

Cornell Plantations to hold Arbor Day event

Just on the western side of the Town of Dryden line, Cornell Plantations will be holding an Arbor Day event on April 30th:

Tree lovers of all ages are invited to celebrate Arbor Day with Cornell Plantations. “Discovering Trees,” a fun-filled event for the whole family, will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m at Cornell Plantations’ F. R. Newman Arboretum. Activities will take place, rain or shine, under the tents near Houston Pond, off Caldwell Road. Free parking is available.

A tree-planting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. will feature Ithaca mayor Carolyn Peterson. Activities throughout the day will highlight the importance of trees in our lives. Visitors will have the opportunity to:

  • Identify trees with Cornell Plantations staff
  • Tour the urban tree collection with Cornell professor Nina Bassuk
  • Listen to tree stories with The Green Man storyteller
  • Learn the history of Arbor Day from Ithaca’s city forester Andy Hillman
  • Discover forest farming with Cornell professor Ken Mudge
  • Help plant live trees with Cornell Plantations staff
  • Go on an oak tour with Cornell professor Kevin Nixon
  • Learn tree care techniques from the experts
  • Watch a tree-climbing demonstration
  • Play apple games and taste a few snacks from the Cornell Orchards

“Trees are so important in our lives and in our world,” says Kevin Moss, Plantations’ community outreach coordinator and organizer of the event. “We want our visitors to come away with a deeper awareness and appreciation for nature’s gentle giants.”

“Discovering Trees” is free for Plantations members, Cornell students, and children under five. Admission for non-members is $3 per adult or $5 per family. This event is offered as part of Discovery Month, presented by Ithaca’s Discovery Trail partnership.

Posted by simon at April 16, 2005 8:32 AM in ,
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