Centre College celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting, educational experience for local school students

Posted by Centre News in Campus, News 05 May 2015

As a member of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA program, Centre College strives to advance green initiatives that not only affect campus but the wider Danville community as well.

04302015_untitled_35523“Centre has participated in the Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA program since 2010,” says John C. Walkup Professor of Chemistry Preston Miles.

“The program involves several things, including maintaining an inventory of all trees on campus and developing plans for pruning and tree replacement,” he continues. “One of the things we do every year is a public tree-planting event.”

This year, local students who participate in the College’s After School Program worked with Miles on an Arbor Day tree planting activity on Centre’s campus.

“We have this event so we can call attention to the contribution trees make to both our natural environment and aesthetic environment,” Miles explains.

During the April 30th activity, the students gathered around Miles for a lesson on the importance of having different types of trees in forests. Some of the students presented a lesson about the tree they would be planting on Centre’s campus, the Shagbark Hickory.

President of the After School Program Elizabeth Penn ’16 notes how excited everyone was to participate in the tree planting activity.

“The kids enjoyed learning more about the Shagbark Hickory and loved having the opportunity to help plant the tree by shoveling the dirt and mulch,” she says. “They were especially excited when they each got to take their own tree home to plant.”

Centre College has been named a Tree Campus USA for the last five years in recognition of establishing and sustaining a healthy community forest.

First Lady Susie Roush (pictured above), who attended the tree-planting event, is a diligent supporter of Centre’s campus forest and her efforts have made immeasurable impact.

In 2012, trustee David Grissom ’60 and his wife, Marlene, made a generous gift of $500,000 to create the Susie Roush Campus Beautification Fund, an endowment in Susie’s honor used to enhance landscaping, with special emphasis on acquiring and maintaining deciduous trees throughout campus.

Learn more about sustainability at Centre.

by Morgan King ’16
May 5, 2015