Arbor Day in Mt. Vernon

Lifestyle
May 1, 2014

Arbor Day in Mt. Vernon

By Leigh Williams, Contributing Writer

Mt. Vernon’s Veterans Park served as the backdrop to the annual Arbor Day celebration on Saturday. Sponsored by Ameren, the family adventure series featured activities by the Jefferson County 4-H, Girl Scouts of Shagbark, Boy Scouts of America, Ameren Illinois and Nelson Tree Service. Cutouts of trees, referred to as “tree cookies,” were stacked at one booth where participants were given magnifying glasses and instructed on how to determine the age of a tree as well as learning the cause of tree knots and splitting. Those in attendance were treated to refreshments provided by St. Mary’s Good Samaritan.

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