Hamilton County 3rd Graders Celebrate Florida Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a tree-planting holiday that started out in 1872 in Nebraska as a proposal to help establish trees on its vast treeless plains. It was the idea of J. Sterling Morton, and over one million trees were planted on that first Arbor Day. It became a national holiday in the 1880’s and is now celebrated in many other countries as well. The national Arbor Day in the United States of America is held on the 4th Friday in April, while here in Florida it is the third Friday in January.

Florida Arbor Day was celebrated on January 18th at Corinth Christian Academy, This programs was conducted jointly by the Florida Forest Service and the Hamilton County Extension Service and involved approximately 22 students as well as 2 faculty members

Florida Arbor Day was celebrated on January 19th at the new Hamilton County Elementary School. This program was conducted jointly by the Florida Forest Service and the Hamilton County Extension Service and involved approximately 160 students as well as 3 faculty members.

A short presentation was made to the students about the importance of trees in our everyday lives and the many useful benefits and products we get from trees by Florida Forest Service Hamilton County Senior Forester Greg Staten.

The students planted two dogwood trees at Corinth Christian Academy with assistance from Keith Wynn, Agriculture Extension Agent for UF/IFAS Extension Hamilton County and Greg Staten.

Two winged elm trees on the Hamilton County Elementary School campus with assistance from Greg Hicks, Ag Extension Agent/County Extension Director for UF/IFAS Extension Hamilton County and Greg Staten.

The students and teachers were instructed in how to care for the newly planted trees. The students were each given a bareroot Slash pine seedling donated by the Florida Forest Service to take home and plant along with instructions on how to plant them properly. As always, special thanks to Heather Janney, UF/IFAS Extension Hamilton County 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, for serving as photographer for these events.


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Posted: March 16, 2018

Category: 4-H & Youth, Natural Resources
Tags: Florida, Hamilton County, Trees


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Beth Kerr

November 11, 2020

Glad you like the suggestions! Have a wonderful holiday!

Mary Elaine Vickers
November 11, 2020

Great ideas! I am printing this off and saving it. Thanks!

Joseph Hopkins
October 31, 2020

Hello Ghicks, This is a very Good story the student are planted two trees it's very good work for our nature. Thank you for share this article.

Beth Kerr
August 10, 2020

Thank you, Tracy! There are many great simple and inexpensive cleaning ideas that can save us money at the stores!

Tracy Fedor
August 7, 2020

Beth Kerr is a awesome advocate for the best things in life are simple and good. Thank you .

Yvonne Florian
June 24, 2020

I recently had to remove a Red Rat Snake from my home. I had the doors and windows open and 13 newly hatched chicks peeping in the dining room. I think she smelled the chicks, came in under the screen door and got lost under my bed, where she spent the night. I found her in my bathroom next day and was able to catch and release her back out in the yard, after a photo of course. Mom the snake catcher. She was over four feet long!

June 23, 2020

Thanks! Just came across a six-foot snake in my backyard. I didn't stop to identify it, but this will be helpful if we ever cross paths again.

May 24, 2020

Well said Thank you for the great information.

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