Arbor Day is a nationwide celebration of trees. Colleges and universities around the country hold tree planting events each April to commemorate the importance of trees in ecosystems and landscapes. The goal is to have students help plant trees every April so that Colorado College can maintain our brand-new Tree Campus USA recognition. By having students plant trees, they become personally invested in the sustainability of the CC campus forest.
Why you should contribute
Your contribution will help the Tree Advisory Committee and Grounds Crew continue our celebration of Arbor Day and commitment to a sustainable campus forest. This additional funding will allow Colorado College to maintain membership in the Tree Campus USA program and continue to educate students and the Colorado Springs community about the importance of trees in our landscapes and ecosystems.
The Campus Tree Advisory Committee was created in 2015 to assist the campus arborist with guidance concerning tree care management, future planning of the campus forest, and educating the CC community about the importance of trees. Students, faculty, staff, and community members voluntarily serve on the committee.
In 2017, Colorado College was accepted into the Tree Campus USA program from the Arbor Day Foundation for the 2016 calendar year. To achieve this recognition, CC has met the Arbor Day’s five standards by establishing a campus tree advisory committee; implementing a campus tree care program; providing dedicated annual funding for tree care; observing Arbor Day; and providing service learning opportunities.
The first Arbor Day celebration at CC was held in 2016 with 10 students volunteering their time to help plant trees. We anticipate building on last year’s success by having even greater student participation in this year’s Arbor Day celebration, which also will commemorate CC’s inclusion in the prestigious Tree Campus USA program. This year, we’d like to thank volunteers with educational materials about trees and other provide lunch, if funding allows.