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Arbor Day Celebration: Volunteers to Plant 100 Trees

Arbor Day Celebration:
Volunteers to Plant 100 Trees

Saturday, November 3
East Campus Lot on Main Campus

(October 17, 2018) – UTSA will team up with the City of San Antonio to celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, November 3 at the UTSA Main Campus, East Campus 3 Lot. Volunteers from UTSA and the community will plant approximately 100 trees in the newly completed East Campus parking lot. Planting hours are from 8 to 11 a.m. Learn about volunteering.

Trees will vary in species and range in size from 15- to 30 gallons. They will be furnished by COSA Parks and Recreation. COSA Parks has also offered to hold a tree adoption event on the same day.

The Arbor Day tree planting event coincides with UTSA’s “Monster Mash Pumpkin Smash.”  That will be held on the East Campus lots as well from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event features student teams who constructed catapults/trebuchets from which pumpkins are launched, and winners are determined by distance achieved. The adjacent STEM Fair will consist of tables and experiments prepared by College of Engineering and College of Science student organizations.

The nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation is a conservation and education organization with a million members, donors, and partners supporting programs to make the world greener and healthier. Its Tree Campus USA program helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy community forests. The schools must meet these five standards developed to promote healthy trees and student involvement.

1. Establish a Tree Advisory Committee
2. Establish a campus tree care plan
3. Establish a campus tree program with dedicated expenditures
4. Establish an Arbor Day observance
5. Establish a service learning project engaging students with projects related to trees

UTSA became a Tree Campus in the past year. We are raising awareness and taking action related to conservation and the environment across our four campuses and in the San Antonio community.

For more information, contact Mei Lani Cabico May, CFM, Senior Environmental Planner, Facilities Planning & Development,

Short History of Arbor Day

On January 4, 1872, a pioneer from the Nebraska territory by the name of J. Sterling Morton first proposed a tree-planting holiday, to be called Arbor Day, at a state board of agriculture meeting. Morton and his wife loved nature and wanted to advocate for a national day where there could be an appreciation for nature. Thus, the campaign to establish Arbor Day came to life. The day was officially recognized by Nebraska Governor Robert W. Furnas on March 12, 1874. Today the most common day for the state observance is the last Friday in April, and several U.S. presidents have proclaimed a national Arbor Day that day. Texas recognizes Arbor Day on the first Friday of November. Source: Arbor Day Foundation

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