Santa Maria’s Recreation and Parks Department is celebrating California’s Arbor Week by planting trees in the community.
It coincides with the city’s 32nd anniversary as a “Tree City.”
In honor of Arbor Week, the city is hosting ceremonies to help educate youth on the importance of trees and their role in the environment.
They’ll be planting trees on two school campuses – Battles Elementary and Taylor Elementary.
“Trees make people feel good. I think it’s really great that there are trees at a campus like this. It’s going to make the school grounds feel better and also get children from a urban environment to get used to having them around,” said Scott Christian, Recreation and Parks Special District Supervisor.
Two kindergarten classes at Battles Elementary helped plant a California coast redwood tree on campus Friday.
Arbor Week has been celebrated since the late 1800s.