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Arbor Day - May 6, 2016
Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. This special day has been observed by Strathcona County, Recreation, Parks & Culture for over 35 years, with all Grade one students receiving a seedling to commemorate their first year in school. It began in 1979 with the students receiving a seedling to take home to plant but has now become one of the biggest Arbor Day events in Alberta!
On May 6, 2016, over 1,200 Grade One students will be invited to attend a day of fun tree related activities as Broadmoor Lake Park. There are 6 different stations set up around the park for the students to interact with nature and learn all about trees and the role that they play in their world. There will be a seedling planting station, a Naturcise station, tree growth station, tree care/climbing station, a tree spade planting station and a nature walk.
The students will be given a seedling to plant and take home as well as be entertained by Peter Puffin a Juno Award winning children’s entertainer. All Grade one students are invited and encouraged to take part in a contest decorating paper leaves, which will be on display at the Gallery@501 from May 2-15. The winning class will receive a free day at the Strathcona Wilderness Center and a tree planted at their school in celebration of Arbor Day. Schools who are not able to attend the event will still receive their Arbor Day seedlings.