Local Second Graders Are Preparing for Their Free Tree!
Last Friday the second graders in Mrs. Bontrager’s class at Ashley Elementary School became a living forest. They learned to thin their forest by holding out their ‘branches’ so that they were rooted far enough apart, then received stuffed animals and paper towel rolls and books and magazines to learn about the animals that live in the forest and the reasons why trees are cut down to make the goods we use everyday. They learned about invasive bugs and forest fires and lightning and wind storms that cause us to lose trees.
This helped them to understand that trees are a renewable resource and that
when they plant their little tree, they are helping to ensure that we will always have a thriving forest!
Altogether about 575 second graders in Gratiot County got to participate in the Living Forest lesson and almost 1,000 trees were donated to local kids!
Gratiot Conservation District Administrator
301 E. Commerce Dr
Ithaca, MI 48847