SANTA CRUZ, CA -- The 4-H Million Trees project (4HMT) in concert with Santa Cruz County 4-H Youth Development and the City of Santa Cruz has organized an exciting event to plant trees to help combat global climate change. On Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 10:30 am, 4-H youth will meet at the corner of Bay Street and California Avenue in Santa Cruz, CA as part of this international service-learning project. (Please note updated location.)
4-H has partnered with the City of Santa Cruz Parks Division to plant trees at La Barranca Park above Neary Lagoon. The youth will meet at 10:30 am, ready to plant young trees and help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide. The City of Santa Cruz Arborist will be on hand to guide and support the youth environmentalists, including an educational presentation about trees that thrive on the coast.
4HMT was started by a 4-H youth in Pacifica, CA in 2008, and has now provided 80,000 youth worldwide the opportunity to do their part in the climate crisis by planting more than 750,000 trees. “By providing a platform to learn about environmental conservation while performing community service, this 4-H service-learning project is a powerful way for youth to impact a serious global problem,” says Tom Webber, the Project Leader. “The 4-H Million Trees project is not only a great example of giving youth leadership opportunities, which is what 4-H is all about, but it’s also a very inspirational, environmentally-friendly project that is saving the world, one tree at a time,” says Julien Lévy, the 4HMT Teen Leader.
The purpose of Santa Cruz County 4-H Youth Development is to help diverse young people discover and develop their potential and grow into competent, contributing, and caring citizens. Learning by doing activities, youth-adult partnerships, and research-based educational programs help young people enhance their leadership abilities and develop a wide range of other life skills. “Learning-by-doing is at the heart of the 4-H Youth Development Program, and planting trees with the 4-H Million Trees Project will give Santa Cruz County 4-Hers the chance to join with youth worldwide on a major service-learning project,” said Stephanie Fontana, UC Cooperative Extension’s 4-H YDP Program Representative for Santa Cruz County.
The City of Santa Cruz is looking forward to this special tree planting event. “We are very excited to partner with the 4-H youth and other local volunteers to plant 100 large growing canopy trees, enhance our local environment and lower our carbon footprints,” says Leslie Keedy, City Urban Forester for Santa Cruz.
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