For 38 years, the City of Greeley Forestry Program and other city staff members have visited elementary school classrooms throughout the city to read Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree”, host a discussion on the importance of trees, and a teach the children a few lessons in taking care of trees. This year’s presentations are scheduled the week of April 23 through 27.
Nearly 1,500 first-graders learn tree care through the presentation and each receives a small seedling and planting instructions. In all, the City of Greeley has distributed over 45,000 seedlings over the life of the program.
“Many residents have contacted us years later with photos of their kids who are graduating and are pictured next to the trees they planted as a result of this program,” says Shiloh Hatcher, forestry program manager. “Our classroom visit helps instill a sense of ownership and responsibility in caring for our tree resources.”
Visit greeleygov.com/forestry to learn more.