Students Experience the Great Outdoors for Arbor Day


Students and faculty at Pleasant Hill Academy could not have asked for a better day to celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 27.

Different from Earth Day, typically celebrated every year on April 22, Arbor Day is celebrated either the last Friday of April, or whenever the climate allows, to promote the planting of trees and tending to the Earth’s animal species.

With the sun shining, kindergarten through second-grade students got to learn outside through various activity stations that presented different lessons about the environment, fitting for Pleasant Hill’s Vision 2020 focus on environmental science.

“We want to show all of our students, parents and community members that Pleasant Hill Academy is an environmental science school,” said kindergarten teacher Christopher Radel. “We’re thrilled to have partners like the 4-H Club at the Ohio State University and Great Parks of Hamilton County here with us today to celebrate Arbor Day and teach our students about environmental sciences.”

A member from the 4-H Club at the Ohio State University helped students plant seeds in little cups, while Julie from Great Parks of Hamilton County taught students about a rescued owl she brought with her.

Other teachers set up stations for students, where they learned about various field trips (students have visited the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Greenacres Farm, Cincinnati Museum Center and more), created their own art, played games and researched animals.

After the early activities concluded, students joined officials from the Cincinnati Parks Urban Forestry Department to plant a tree sapling, a swamp white oak tree that should live up to 100 years, and read a proclamation from the City of Cincinnati. Students in attendance each shoveled a bit of dirt on the tree sapling to commemorate the special day.

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