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Kids offered tulip trees at libraries PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Monday, March 24, 2014 3:46 PM

Shouldn't every child have at least one chance to plant a tree?

This is the right time of year, with warming temperatures and sunny days, according to Peggy Dean, Aurora Public Library District youth services librarian. So the library and the Aurora Garden Club are joining together to make sure every child gets to experience the joy of planting and nurturing a tree.

Wednesday, April 2, the Aurora Garden Club will provide a free tulip poplar to children kindergarten age and up who check out a book at the Aurora or the Dillsboro public library. The tree will come with directions for planting and care. In addition, each child who receives a tree will be eligible for a drawing to win a copy of “The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-ups” by Gina Ingoglia.

The tulip poplar, which is the Indiana state tree, can grow to 100 feet tall and is considered a fast-growing tree.

Planting a tree is a wonderful family activity, said Dean. It provides an opportunity for parents and children to interact and follow through on a long-lasting project. And working with the soil offers a great sensory experience as well as an often-needed break from electronic entertainment.

The experience also may lead to follow-up questions which can be answered the library district's resources: If the tulip tree is Indiana's state tree, what are the other state symbols? How does the tulip poplar compare to other common trees in Indiana? What are the tallest trees in the world?

After planting their tulip poplar, children may register their tree at www.takingroot.org/register-tree/. Taking Root is a collaborative, broad-based campaign to address the current historic loss of our region's tree canopy by planting trees, better managing our local forests, promoting the many benefits of healthy trees, and fostering a sense of stewardship among individuals and communities. The goal of Taking Root is to replace, retain and expand trees in the eight-county Greater Cincinnati Tri-state region by planting two million trees in the Tri-state area by the year 2020.

Last Updated on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:40 AM