Students dig Arbor Day at Lauritzen Gardens

Arbor Day is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April, a time to plant trees and celebrate their importance. OPPD foresters got a head start at Lauritzen Gardens’ Arbor Day Festival, with help from some Norris Elementary School students.

OPPD Utility Foresters Andy Clark, left, and Mike Norris, middle, help Norris Elementary School students plant a tree at Lauritzen Gardens.

A group of 35 third-graders from the school took part in a tree-planting ceremony Thursday morning. They helped utility foresters plant a golden rain tree. And they also received free saplings from OPPD.

During the ceremony, foresters explained why trees are so important to the utility. Strategically planted trees can help the district’s customers save energy – providing a wind break during the winter and shade during the summer. And planting the right-sized tree in the right location helps avoid interference with power lines.

The festival drew more than 700 students from across the metro, in total.

They toured the grounds, visiting a dozen exhibitor booths. OPPD’s tent featured a fun bird feeder craft project that they could take home.

OPPD Communications Assistant Kim Barnes, right, helps children make pine cone bird feeders.


Jodi Baker

About Jodi Baker

Jodi Baker writes stories and shoots videos for The Wire. Jodi was a television news reporter before she came to work for OPPD as a media specialist in 2013. She's married with two children (a boy and a girl) and an allergy-ridden little Cairn Terrier.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *