We had a wonderful time celebrating Arbor Day yesterday with Bloomfield's Daisy Troop 20448! The girls, their moms and siblings joined us to learn about the benefits of trees while planting four young Red Maple trees and three White Fringe trees near the playground. Girls also planted small daffodils at the base of the trees for color (and for fun). By taking part in the planting, the girls earned their "Make the World a Better Place" petal and a gardening patch.
From Troop Leader Jessica Rohrer: "This is the first time the daisy troop has done anything with Brookdale park, we hope to do more in the future. We hope that through doing projects like this the girls can see first hand how even at a young age they can affect change in their community. We hope that the girls will go to the park, see those trees, and take pride in the fact that they did something to better their environment. We also hope that through this project they learned to have a greater respect for nature and its impact. They got to see volunteers at work and learn that the generosity of others can make things like the park nice for everyone."
Special thanks goes out to the NJ Tree Foundation (on Facebook) and Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County (on Facebook) on who provided the trees through their Super Community Tree Giveaway last fall. It is amazing what can partnerships like these can accomplish!