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Dina Freedman ReportingIt was a fine day for planting trees in celebration of Arbor Day. Today, at least 1,500 school children went to Red Butte Garden to learn how to take better care of our environment.
From tree rings to saplings, this event was all about learning why trees are so important. "If there was no trees, there would be no oxygen and we would not live either," said poster contest winner Stetson Stewart.
The state of Utah sponsored a poster contest. The winners won a little money and up to $500 for their elementary schools. Another poster contest winner, Jessica Syphus, said, "I got to go meet the governor, and I got a $100 savings bond."
Meredith Perkins is the urban and community forestry coordinator. She said, "It's a day where we stop and really recognize the trees in our communities and the trees in our forests that we take for granted and take that opportunity to educate our young people."
Today, 2,000 trees will be given out, courtesy of Rocky Mountain Power.
There were songs about trees and time to learn about what kind of animals live in the woods.
Julie Rabb of Red Butte Gardens said, "It's a great way to connect them with nature. We find that a lot of children are not getting that connection. It's a free day at the garden for them to come up and experience it in a way that perhaps they wouldn't be able to normally."
When pioneers came to Utah there were only about 40 different kinds of trees. Today, we have nearly 200 species of trees.
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