April 2019 Roundup

Round Up for Trees - Love Neighborhood Forest - Photo of big group of cute kids sitting on school steps with their treest

April 2019 Roundup
Neighborhood Forest

Neighborhood Forest gives little trees (6–12" tall) to elementary school students. For free. Around every Earth Day. They do this in cooperation with parents and schools – provided schools are willing to distribute them, and parents are willing to plant and care for them with their kids. Our local St. Anthony Park Elementary is one of their beneficiaries!

NF wants to give every child the opportunity to enjoy the wonder and magic of watching trees grow. In the process, they beautify neighborhoods and help families put a small dent in their carbon footprint. Since 2010, Neighborhood Forest has reached over 100 schools and helped plant over 30,000 (mostly urban and residential) trees across North America.

They are celebrating 10 years of Neighborhood Forest this year! Actually, what they are celebrating is our Earth, its trees, and our children. Now that the organization has been around for a decade, they are starting to harvest and gather “then & now” photos of the kids with their trees, giving them the soul fuel to keep going and growing. See more then/now pics on their Facebook page.

Little girl with her tiny evergreen in 2015, then it's taller than her in 2019$2–$10: Investment to plant an urban tree through the hands of a child and their parents via Neighborhood Forest.

$30,000–$70,000: Health, environmental, and economic benefits from one urban tree over its lifetime.

Priceless: Getting to plant and watch a tree grow from seedling to maturity!

Since 2015 Hampden Park Co-op has been pleased to help, in our own small way, to give small trees to small human beings, i.e., children. So please round up when you ring out – it's a gesture that will continue to pay dividends for decades to come!

And if you would like to join in on the Neighborhood Forest mission, to share your love of nature with children while teaching them about trees and community, contact NF to find out how you can help more or about sponsorship opportunities.

Young boy with sprig of a tree in grass in 2017, then a young sapling in the snow in 2019Sunday, April 14 • 11:00–1:00
Neighborhood Forest in the Store

If you're shopping – especially with the kiddos – stop by to say "hi" to Neighborhood Forest. They'll be sharing stories about their organization and giving away some little Red Cedar trees – to children whose parents give the okay – while they last!

About Earth Day

The first Earth Day, widely acknowledged as the birth of the modern environmental movement, happened in 1970. The publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in 1962 started to raise concern about the environment. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson was inspired by the anti-war movement, and thought that if he could channel that activist energy with the emerging public awareness about pollution it would put the environment on the political agenda. He sparked the idea for the national observance of Earth Day; April 22nd, falling between spring break and final exams, was selected as the date.

Earth Day is now a global phenomenon and next year, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary. Yet it is a time of immense challenge for the environmental community and the fight for environmental protection is increasingly urgent on every level. By our everyday actions, we show and say to our children that we care what kind of world we are leaving them. Find out more at EarthDay.org.

Thanks to Neighborhood Forest for the statistics & photos.

Posted by Christine DeMars • April 2019