April 23, 2019
About 1,000 second- and third-grade students from 17 pre-selected mid-Michigan schools will attend the State Arbor Day Celebration at Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo Friday, April 26.
Students from schools selected to attend the celebration will have an opportunity to learn during a series of hands-on activity stations that focus on trees, water, wildlife and related ecosystems. A noontime ceremony will include a presentation of awards, entertainment by singer, songwriter and educator Joe Reilly (JoeReilly.org/), and planting of the state Arbor Day tree.
“Arbor Day is the designated day for celebrating the importance of trees and forests,” said Kevin Sayers, coordinator of the Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry program. “Planting a tree is also a great way to kick of spring.”
Staff and volunteers from these sponsoring organizations will partner to make this year’s event a success: the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, the Eaton Conservation District, the DNR, Consumers Energy, the City of Lansing Forestry and Public Service Department, Ingham County Parks, the Lansing Board of Water and Light, ITC Holdings, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, and the Arboriculture Society of Michigan.
For more information about the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, the State Arbor Day Celebration, how to be selected for the 2020 celebration or other events around the state, contact Hannah Reynolds, state Arbor Day coordinator, at 517-543-1512, ext. 5, or visit MiArborDayAlliance.org.