Robbinsdale Elementary students get hands-on lesson during previously-delayed Arbor Day celebration

RAPID CITY, S.D. – On Monday, Robbinsdale Elementary School students held part of their class outdoors for an overdue tradition.

Kids Listening To Councilman Richie Nordstrom Read Arbor Day ProclamationFor years, the Rapid City Parks Department has brought local students out to help plant trees in observation of Arbor Day. Though originally delayed due to inclement weather, students were out with Forestry and Landscape Supervisor Jason Preble and other department members for a hands-on lesson.

And after a proclamation from City Council Member Richie Nordstrom, the work began.

Varieties of maple, spruce and elm trees were among the selection of trees — each one chosen carefully based on their ability to withstand the environment and reach maturity.

“My predecessor started introducing some different trees and so we are continuing with that,” Preble said. “They are just ones that we can trust and we know they are going to grow here.”

Students and Parks Department staff planted a total of 28 trees for the event.

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