Worcester Tree Initiative began planting trees with schools to educate students about the impact of Asian Longhorned Beetle and to bring life to school campuses. By coordinating with principals, teacher, and parents WTI has planted trees at nearly every school in Worcester and many in the surrounding towns.
Students love to plant trees; we’ve seen it in all age groups from preschool all the way through college. Kids of all ages love to dig in the dirt, unpack the tree’s root ball, fill their hole in with soil and water, spread the mulch around the tree, and stand back to look at what they’ve done. We guide this process, teaching students how deep to dig their hole, to look out for circling roots, and to find the root flare so they get it right, giving their tree the best chance at survival.
We also work with students, teachers, and administration to make sure that the trees are in a spot that works for everyone and that they will be well cared for. Some schools have students carry out buckets, others have school maintenance staff use a hose. We have seen many models work when the plan is in place.
Worcester Academy Athletic Fields, 5/12/16
Boys and Girls Club, 5/6/16
Claremont Academy, 5/6/16
College of the Holy Cross, 4/16/16
Woodland Academy, 6/17/15
McGrath Elementary School, 6/11/15
Worcester Academy, 5/14/15
Roosevelt Elementary School, 5/27/15
Worcester Technical High School Chestnut Planting, 4/30/15
Boys and Girls Club, 4/22/15
Burncoat High School, 10/6/14
Doherty High School, 9/4/14
Doherty High School, 6/8/14
North High School, 4/29/14
College of the Holy Cross, 4/12/14
Worcester State University, 10/22/13
Elm Park Community School, 8/1/11
If you would like to receive more information or plan a planting for your school please contact us.