13903111030_58c53b8a81_oWinona State University will celebrate Arbor Day Friday, April 24.

Arbor Day festivities will kick off at 9:30 a.m. at the Alumni Gazebo with the adopt-a-tree event, in which 100 free trees will be given away. This event will be followed by recognition of WSU’s Tree Campus USA designation and the unveiling of Lynette Power’s sculpture, “Honor the Earth.”

Students from local schools will also plant trees on campus as part of the Arbor Day celebrations. Third graders from Washington-Kosciusko Elementary will plant trees at 9:30 a.m. at Phelps Hall, followed by an Arbor Day poetry reading with WSU students and Professor Jim Armstrong.

Ranger Ed Lagace will present “Pollinators Habitat Bubble” to the W-K students at 10 a.m. in the Science Laboratory Center Atrium and Room 242. The students will then participate in Project Learning Tree Science activities with Professor Melanie Reap and WSU students.

Eleventh grade students from Cochrane-Fountain City will plant trees at 10 a.m. at Watkins Hall, followed by an activity on “Determining the Age, Value and Benefits of a Tree” presented by WSU student Connor Halloran and the WSU Environmental Club.

At 1 p.m. Nancy Reynolds will discuss origin, detection and treatment of the Emerald Ash Borer in Pasteur 229, followed by a 2 p.m. presentation with Kelly Kirkpatrick and Kim Evenson on urban gardens and a screening of the video “Growing Cities.”

The public is invited to enjoy the Landscape Arboretum all day during the celebration.

Arbor Day events are sponsored by Winona State University, the Winona Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Hardwood Forest Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee.

For more information contact the WSU Communications Office at 507-457-5024.

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