When: October 12 through September 12 from 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Where: Bedford Reservation - Hemlock Creek Picnic Area, 14800 Button Rd Walton Hills, Ohio 44146 map this
CSWCD is giving local residents a unique opportunity for hands-on nature learning by joining the National Wildlife Federation to learn how to plant trees at the Bedford Reservation in Cleveland Metroparks. This activity reconnects community members with nature, while helping wildlife by providing food, water, cover, and places for wildlife to raise young.
“Planting a tree is a perfect opportunity to learn about the environment and spend some quality time outdoors in nature,” says Patrick Fitzgerald, senior director of community wildlife for the National Wildlife Federation. “Trees support clean air and water, increase property values, and provide needed food and cover for wildlife.”
The tree planting event, happening on October 12th in Walton Hills, Ohio, will teach children and community members about wildlife, science, and ecology through the planting and caring of trees in their communities.
This tree planting demonstration and tree giveaway are just a few of the activities at the family friendly Tinker’s Creek Watershed Festival. After learning how to plant a tree properly and signing a “Pledge to Plant”, participants will receive a free tree seedling to plant at their home. 200 trees will be distributed while supplies last.
As part of the event, community members will learn about the many benefits of trees and their role in the environment, including:
- Trees improve air quality, absorbing pollutants and filtering contaminants from the air.
- Trees improve water quality, reduce flooding and erosion, and slow evaporation through stabilizing stream beds and filtering water through leaves.
- Trees help reduce energy costs for schools and homes by providing shade in the summer – reducing air conditioning costs – and acting as wind breaks in the winter.
- Trees improve health by providing a calm and relaxing environment and help add to an overall sense of well-being. Hospital studies indicate that patients who have window views of trees and green spaces are calmer and more relaxed, and many heal faster.
- Tree planting projects are a visible sign of a commitment to improving green space and community aesthetics.
For more information on the event, go to https://tinkerscreek.org/watershed-festival-2019/
For more information about the Trees for Wildlife program, please go to: www.nwf.org/trees.