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Kids Plant for the Future During National Tree Day

September 21, 2016 1:25 PM | News

Tree Planting

A child plants a tree at Assiniboine Park on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. (CHRISD.CA)

Winnipeg children aged 3-5 got their little hands a bit dirty on Wednesday for National Tree Day.

The pre-schoolers and their parents participated in a tree-planting event at Assiniboine Park as part of the park’s Nature Tots program.

National Tree Day is celebrated across the country to educate Canadians about the important benefits trees provide such as clean air, wildlife habitat and connecting with nature.

“Each year, National Tree Day grows in size and importance, reflecting Canadians’ desire to protect and celebrate our natural heritage,” said Michael Rosen, president of Tree Canada. “Today, it’s incredible to see Canadians of all ages demonstrating their support and commitment to our urban and rural forests.”

Celebrations continue on Saturday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Duck Pond shelter area. Activities are planned for children and an arborist will be on hand to answer any tree-related questions.