ESU’s Environmental Club Celebrates Arbor Day

ESU’s Environmental Club collaborated with the Monroe County Garden Club to plant a donated tree to celebrate Arbor day on Friday, April 26.  

The Swamp White Oak tree was planted outside the Henry A. Ahnert Jr. Alumni Center located next to Kemp Library. 

The Monroe County Garden Club and the Broadhead Watershed Association joined the celebration.  

Members of the Monroe Country Garden Club included Lewis Wolff, Dr. Emily Rollinson, Weston Strubert, and Robert Butler.  

“The guide was developed by Weston Strubert, myself, and other students in the ESU Environmental Club, and currently highlights 48 of the trees found on our campus” said Dr. Emily Rollinson, faculty advisor of the Environmental club.  

This is not the first time ESU celebrated Arbor day. Last year, a European Copper Beech was planted to celebrate the official launch of the new ESU Campus Arboretum guide. 

ESU student Weston Strubert is currently working on a second edition of the Arboretum guide which will have approximately twice as many trees. 

The original Arboretum guide was developed by Dr. Raymond Milewski, a previous botanist at ESU in 1993 for the ESU Centennial. 

“It was really exciting to see what aspects of the campus had changed and what had stayed the same,” Rollinson said. 

The tree planting was not the only celebration that took place on Arbor day. The Environmental Club also joined forces with the East Stroudsburg Shade Tree Commission to give tours of the arboretum to students from JM Hill Elementary.  

The arboretum guide can be found on ESU’s website. The site includes a collection of maps which points out the different types of trees planted and where they are located on campus.  

According to Warrior Link, the mission of the Environmental Club is to broadcast the importance of plants within our environment.” 

 “The Environmental Club has given me the opportunity to explore the scientific field, continue my passions and give back to the earth as it has provided so much for me,” Strubert said.  

 To learn more about the Environmental club and Arboretum guide, contact Dr. Emily Rollinson at erollinson@po-box.esu.edu. And to learn more about the Shade Tree Commission contact Professor Maria Cohen at mchoen1@esu.edu or Professor Rob McKenzie at mckenzie@esu.edu. 

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