WMS Arbor Day Celebration

April 25, 2014

Arbor Day--How It Started

Among the pioneers moving into the Nebraska Territory, in 1854, was J. Sterling Morton. He and his wife were lovers of nature. His fellow pioneers wanted more trees to keep the soil in place, to use for fuel and building materials, and for shade. Morton wanted to help them, so on January 4th, 1872, he first came up with a tree planting holiday called " Arbor Day." Now we celebrate this holiday every April!

Arbor Day Celebration

Friday, April 25th, 3:15-4pm

Wyoming High School

Gather with Wyoming Middle School, Glenwood Gardens and the City of Wyoming for an Arbor Day Celebration.
3:15 - 3:20 Proclamation by Wyoming Mayor Barry S. Porter

3:20 - 3:30 Presentation by Glenwood Gardens Site Manager, Bob Harris.

3:30 - 3:35 Presentation by Todd Kassner and Mike Murray--WMS Student's Project.

3:40 - 3:45 Ceremonial Tree Planting @ corner of Pendry and Barney.

Students involved in the project are encouraged to attend!

Meet in Pendry Center (at High School) in case of inclement weather.

Details, Details, Details

Glenwood Gardens Presentation: The value of trees to the community including carbon sequestration, watershed management, erosion control and habitat construction.

WMS Math & Science Student Project: A design challenge, at it's best, as students accurately estimated the total amount of carbon sequestered in Richie Preserve and determine any additional carbon that the reserve could potentially sequester if allowed to become a mature forest.

Further details needed: Contact kassnert@wyomingcityschools.org

Free Trees!

Those in attendance will receive a Shagbark Hickory sapling that can be planted at home! (While quanties last!)


Students with a parent, can participate in the tree planting on the West Fork of the Mill Creek on Saturday, April 26th from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM.

Final Thought

It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the nation's need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted.

~Theodore Roosevelt, 1907 Arbor Day Message

Created by Wyoming Tech Club

Stephanie Z. and Advisor Karen Reiber, Media/Tech Specialist

Black and White Tree Photos courtesy of Kraig W. Reiber

Shagbark Tree: carolinanature.com

Sapling Tree: Arlington Oak Sapling commons.wikimedia.org