The Fulton Garden Club wants to teach local students about the critical connection between trees and the climate.
To fulfill that objective, the club has organized its first-ever youth Arbor Day event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Park in Fulton. Activities will take place rain or shine.
The club has invited students from Bush, Bartley and McIntire elementary schools in Fulton, as well as students from Kingdom Christian Academy and St. Peter Catholic School.
Fulton Garden Club member Diane Neterer said the organization is hoping to attract at least 200 students on Saturday.
"We want to educate children and the public on how important trees are to the world and our environment," Neterer said. "We're very excited for this educational opportunity, and a fun one too."
The Fulton Garden Club had previously given away trees to students as part of a junior garden club it sponsored through the BAC-PAC program at Bush Elementary School. However, that club has not been active over the past year due to COVID-19.
Neterer explained the Fulton Garden Club received a children programs' grant for $300 through the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri to help fund Saturday's event and will have 280 trees to give away to students.
"We thought we would do something else to get trees to kids, and we thought this would be a great way," Neterer said.
Officials from local 4-H clubs, the Fulton Stream Team and the Missouri Department of Conservation will also take part in Saturday's activities. After registration, Fulton Mayor Lowe Cannell will read a proclamation at 10:30 a.m.
The MDC's Runge Nature Center will then give presentations at both 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the amphitheater. The Fulton Garden Club and 4-H will also have stations to teach students how to plant trees and build pine-cone bird feeders.
The Fulton Stream Team will put on an exhibit, while there will be stations for games, snacks and water, as well as the giveaway of trees and Scholastic books.
The 4-H will provide a barrel train to give students rides.
See the accompanying map for a list of stations and locations in Veterans Park for Saturday's event.