Friday, March 27, 2009
Arbor week to be celebrated at OU with tree planting
The University of Oklahoma will celebrate Arbor Week with a picnic and tree planting on the Norman campus Wednesday honoring students, faculty and staff who have helped with the campus reforestation efforts.
Members of the university and surrounding communities are invited to participate. The picnic is scheduled for noon at David A. Burr Park, 1501 Asp Ave., with a tree planting to follow immediately in the housing area west of David A. Burr Park. In the event of rain, the picnic will be held in Couch Center Cafeteria, 309 W. Third St.
During the picnic, President David Boren will talk about the importance of Arbor Week and the tradition of tree-planting at OU. As part of the festivities, members of OU staff will be recognized for their contributions and campus organizations will be honored for maintenance of their "adopted" areas.
OU first recognized Arbor Week in 1997 with the dedication of David A. Burr Park, honoring the late vice president for university affairs. Oklahoma celebrates Arbor Week earlier than some communities nationwide because of different planting times. This year, National Arbor Day is April 24, while Oklahoma's Arbor Week is March 22 to 28.
The picnic is free and open to the public. Call Student Affairs at 325-3161 to volunteer for the tree planting. For more information or accommodations on the basis of disability, call the Office of Special Events at 325-3784.
The painting is by Frederik Marianus Kruseman