This past True Care Tuesday our crew spent the morning with Brooklyn Arbor School’s kindergarten class, who had the opportunity to learn about caring for NYC trees alongside a creative art activity. With the help of our enthusiast intern crew, the students had a blast spreading mulch and taking turns watering the street trees on South 3rd Street around their elementary school.
After having a hand in beautifying their neighborhood, the kindergarteners joined in the leaf-rubbing activity popular with our previous students in Rodney Park, only this time using leaves specifically from three common Brooklyn tree species: Oak, Lyndon, and Honeylocust. The young kindergarteners created individual projects, before excitedly matching their leaves with those of the nearby trees, making a personal connection with nature through their artwork.
The kindergarteners took their matched leaf-rubbings home with them, along with the fun ability to point out a tree in their neighborhood and figure out its name. They will also be able to pass the trees they directly stewarded each day on their way to school, and be continuously inspired by the product of their own hard work. From the mulch they laid, to the tips of the leaves they colored, this experience opened kindergarteners to the many ways we can connect with our trees.
Tree Care Tuesday continues every Tuesday this summer. We’d love for you to join us or donate to TCT -- we are always looking for extra help and extra hands! Please RSVP if you plan to come so we know how many people to expect.