TALKING TREES WITH THE GIRL SCOUTS

Richmond Tree Stewards Krissi Vandenberg and Trish Bernal spent a fun afternoon with approximately twenty Girl Scouts at their summer camp in Hanover County. They were helping the Girl Scouts earn their “tree badge” by talking trees, planting a tree, and learning how to identify trees by their leaves. The girls were mostly middle school age. They asked lots of questions about trees and their benefits. One of the young ladies even had a question about “invasive” trees which led to an interesting discussion amongst the girls. With the help of Krissi and Trish they planted a small (5 gallon) dogwood and even named “her” Juliette after taking a vote on several suggested names. They were also instructed on the importance of watering the tree for the first two years to ensure its survival. Krissi then led the group in a tree identification exercise. The area was surrounded by a wide variety of trees so each table of 4-5 girls had their own leaf to work with. Great fun was had by all!

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