BELFAST — On Arbor Day, May 25, Marianne McKinney and Tom King, of the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, visited four local schools and distributed tree seedlings to all the students in third grade. Students were delighted to receive a living friend to take home, plant, and nurture. By the time they finished asking questions, these lively children knew all about tree planting and care.
The native White Spruce seedlings were distributed by the Maine Forest Service to any organization wanting to observe Arbor Day. Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition has a yearly tradition of ordering and picking up the seedlings for local students to take home.
Marianne and Tom visited in outdoor classrooms at Nickerson School in Swanville, two classes at Captain Albert Stevens, Cornerspring Montessori in Belfast, and Drinkwater in Northport. A total of 86 seedlings went to their new homes on Arbor Day.