Arbor Day Continues at UCF Arboretum

DSC_0748 Story by Mark Schlueb, UCF Today

Thirty students from Oak Ridge High School – a Title I school that serves an economically disadvantaged population – visited the UCF Arboretum on Friday, April 8 to learn about the value of urban trees and conservation.

DSC_0790Representatives of the university’s Arboretum and Department of Landscape and Natural Resources taught them how to plant native trees during a hands-on demonstration. They planted three oaks in the Arboretum, and were lead on a guided hike through the campus’ natural lands to learn about the value of urban trees and conservation.

The event celebrated upcoming Arbor Day, and was funded through a “ Tree Campus USA” award by the Arbor Day Foundation. has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation and Tree Campus USA to plant 10,000 trees along routes and on college campuses.


Oak Ridge High School has an AmeriCorps team on campus that supports at-risk students with tutoring and mentoring. The school also has a Recycling Club, but lacks support to meet the needs of the students, especially when it comes to environmental education and awareness. The Oak Ridge High School Recycling Club and the AmeriCorps team had the opportunity to engage and collaborate with UCF’s Arboretum for this Arbor Day Celebration. This was an enriching experience for all students involved.


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