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Kirkwood Students Learn from the Trees at Kirkwood Park

Students at Westchester Elementary (WE) School in the Kirkwood School District learned in and from the trees on Wednesday, September 25 as part of the Kirkwood Urban Forestry Commission Jr. Tree Keeper program. WE students traveled to Kirkwood Park to learn from representatives from the Kirkwood Urban Forestry Commission. The students rotated through stations and participated in a variety of experiences including tree identification, tree planting, and tree climbing safety.

This field trip connects with the KSD fourth grade science curriculum on plant structure. During this unit of study, students learn tree and leaf identification. The project extends their learning as third graders, when they explore ecosystems. The learning spiraled into this school year, and their current curriculum.

For completing this day of outdoor learning from the trees, students earned a Jr. Tree Keeper Award. Tim Griffin, Mayor of Kirkwood, presented the students with a certificate at the Kirkwood City Park amphitheater.

WE is piloting this program to possibly implement into all fourth grades across the District.

The City of Kirkwood Urban Forestry Commission promotes a high standard of long-term planning, maintenance, and perpetuation of Kirkwood’s publicly owned trees.