Trees. They brighten city streets and delight nature-starved urbanites. In our busy lives many of us take trees for granted, but when we slow down to appreciate their service our attention is brought to their offering of comfort, adornment and bounty. Saratoga Springboard has wrapped its roots around Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Project. This branch of Sustainable Saratoga focuses on reforesting Saratoga’s urban landscape by facilitating strategic tree plantings. The group also aims to raise awareness about the benefits of trees, about the newly adopted Urban Forest Master Plan and newly hired City Arborist.
Historic pictures from Progressive Era (1890-1920) of the city often show majestic elms or other great street trees towering almost as high as, if not higher than, the buildings on Broadway. Since those days, because of Dutch elm disease, soil compaction and age, the shade of those giants has diminished.
Sustainable Saratoga's Urban Forestry Project, in partnership with Saratoga's Department of Public Works and Saratoga Springboard, is hoping to bring the great street trees back.
Through this collaboration, they are going to educate and engage citizens about the urban forest. SSUFP will engage the public to cultivate support for the Master Plan, which will ensure the SSFUP is not felled by the test of time.
Tree Toga: Growing Saratoga’s Urban Forest, a celebration projected to be an annual Arbor Day event, will take place on Saturday, April 26th from 10am-2pm and feature children and adult educational activities, free trees, specials at participating restaurants and businesses, and, of course commemorative tree plantings.
Join in for a family friendly day complete with activities for children, educational workshops, how-to demonstrations, live music, opportunities to get involved and much more. Attendees will also have an opportunity to visit with a number of forest experts including the City Arborist. On site will be representatives from the City of Saratoga, Sustainable Saratoga, and Saratoga Springboard.
The first 100 attendees will receive a FREE seedling—ready to plant!
Tree Toga is taking place on Henry Street in Saratoga Springs from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, April 26th. It is free and open to the public. Here are some of the highlights taking place, click the photo at the bottom of the post for even more activities and info:
10a – 10:45a: Around the House Music with Terri Roben (Henry Street) Don’t miss this family friendly musical showcase!
11a – 12:00p: Northshire Bookstore reading (at their store, 424 Broadway) Join bookseller, Leah, for fun stories and art projects inspired by trees and sustainability. Bring some child safe recyclables to "upcycle" into a fun project to keep! Projects are appropriate for ages 4 and up, with adult helper!
- 12 – 2pm: Beyond the Bark at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga (69 Caroline Street)
- Grab the family and head over to the parking lot of The Children’s Museum at Saratoga to find their Beyond the Bark activity.
- 10am – 2pm: Branch out and visit these vendors all day long! (Henry Street)
- Face painting at Saratoga Paint and Sip
- Photobooth by Niki Rossi Photography
- $1 tree cookies at Sweet Mimi’s Café and Bakery
- Meet up and coming author of the series The Adventures of Fifi Divine. T.A. Drew will be meeting fans – enter to win prizes and receive a reusable grocery bag!
Thanks to Jess Updyke for this guest post on Tree Toga! Find the event page on facebook here to stay in the loop, don't miss it!