Nevada Shade Week is growing one tree at a time.
UNR’s Arboretum Board teams up with the City of Reno to earn the title “Tree Campus USA.”
UNR’s Arboretum Board and the City of Reno are celebrating Nevada Shade Week by planting a variety of trees around the school to benefit children at the Child and Family Research Center on Saturday, October 25.
The event was created in an effort to help communities build sustainable urban forests for future generations. This will expand the university’s arboretum, which is defined as a site where trees are deliberately cultivated for scientific, educational, and aesthetic purposes according to John Claudius Loudon. The campus represents over 200 species of tree on campus.
Fraternity students from Phi Delta Theta volunteered to help plant the 12 trees this Saturday. The trees are being planted near the playground and were donated by the Urban and Community Forestry Program through a grant from the and range from Gala Apple trees, Northern Red Oak trees, Catalpa Umbrella trees, and many other shaded beauties. These trees will provide shade as well as learning opportunities for the children at the Child and Family Research Center.
Child and Family Research Center
The central message from the event is about taking care of the Reno community. The Child and Family Research center on campus was developed for the purpose of a safe and nurturing environment for students, faculty and staff, and families who meet the federal poverty guidelines. The goal of the program is to prepare students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to succeed. The children will help take care of the trees after they are planted in an effort to help them reduce anxiety and tension. Research shows nature helps alleviate stress.
Tree Campus USA
The other goal is to earn UNR the label “Tree Campus USA.” The university was recognized as a state arboretum in 1985 and the next step is be acknowledged by the Arbor Day Foundation. The requirements for earning the title “Tree Campus USA” are to demonstrate a commitment to the care and health of trees in their community. The message is clear that we can always do more to improve our communities while reinvigorating our relationship with nature. The university’s service project, sponsored by the Nevada Division of Forestry and supported by the Arboretum Board and the City of Reno, will meet the qualifications needed to be a certified Tree Campus USA.
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