Coalition Plans Statewide Youth Tree-A-Thon for 2020
Youth & Communities across Nebraska Celebrate Trees
On Arbor Day weekend (April 24-26), youth and their communities will participate in the statewide Nebraska Tree-A-Thon to celebrate trees. Communities are collaborating with a coalition of nonprofits and public institutions including Beyond School Bells and afterschool providers, the Arbor Day Foundation, Natural Resources Districts, Audubon Nebraska,
Nebraska Forest Service, Nebraska Department of Education and the University of Nebraska.
“Youth and their families are looking for ways to participate in out-of-school-time activities that are positive, lasting, and safely follow the guidelines of social distancing,” said Anna Wishart of Beyond School Bells, Nebraska’s afterschool network.
“The beauty of planting and celebrating trees is that it can be done safely in our backyards and in a socially distanced way in our neighborhoods.”
Communities and the coalition have been working diligently to coordinate this initiative and develop resources for youth and families to learn about the benefits of trees and how to care for them.
“Our Natural Resources Districts have partnered with more than 20 community afterschool programs that span Nebraska to find safe and creative ways to deliver tree seedlings into the hands of youth for planting,” said Jim Eschliman, Nebraska Association of Resources Districts president.
For youth and families that do not have trees to plant, the coalition has resources and activities for other ways to celebrate trees. Just last month, seven talented University of Nebraska-Lincoln students worked with tree experts to develop fun activities for youth to learn about trees. Nebraskan families can access and download this Tree-A-Thon educational resource HERE.
The Arbor Day Foundation has launched a social media campaign to plant up to 50,000 trees on behalf of people celebrating trees. To get a tree planted on your behalf, all you have to do is post a picture of a tree (or a tree selfie is even better) and use the hashtag #ArborDayAtHome.
Whether it is going on a nature walk, making birdhouses, or posting a tree selfie, Nebraska’s youth and their families are encouraged to join the Tree-A-Thon this year to celebrate trees. Please join the Tree-A-Thon by posting a picture of your family planting and/or celebrating trees and make sure to tag the members of the Tree-A-Thon coalition and include #NETreeAThon, #TreeSelfie and #ArborDayAtHome.
“We need trees to keep our communities cool, healthy and resilient,” said Logan Donahoo, K-12 program manager at the Arbor Day Foundation. “We’re so excited to see the next generation of tree stewards make an impact on their communities and learn the lifelong skills of planting and caring for trees.”
Nebraska Nature Links
Crane Trust Nature & Visitors Center 9325 S Alda Rd, Wood River, NE 68883 (308) 382-1820
Crane Trust Wild Rose Ranch 6611 W Whooping Crane Drive, Wood River, NE 68883 (308) 384-4633
Prairie Plains Resource Institute The PPRI’s mission is to maintain and restore Nebraska ecosystems- creating opportunities for education, research, stewardship and community development. Aurora, NE (402) 694-5535 firstname.lastname@example.org