Why We Celebrate Arbor Day
SCU has been a member of Tree Campus Higher Education for four years now (and we will be applying this fall for our fifth year of certification)! As a member campus, we host an Arbor Day celebration each year. This celebration is intended to educate our community about the importance of having a healthy urban forest and to appreciate all that our urban forests do for us. This year, SCU has gone virtual with our celebration by creating an event in which participants will gather and submit data about the trees around their homes or neighborhoods--such as the number of trees, whether there are native species nearby, and whether any animals inhabit the trees. Though we cannot come together to celebrate Arbor Day this year, we are excited to have this opportunity to develop a sense of SCU community from wherever we call "home" for this quarter, while continuing to uphold safe distancing practices and showing appreciation for the trees around us. To learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation, which maintains the Tree Campus Higher Education program, please click here. To learn more about SCU's commitment to our urban forest, please click here.
Thank you for joining us for our Tree Tracking From Home event! In order to complete this activity, please read through the guidelines below, and feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
This activity is expected to take approximately 15 to 20 minutes (you may complete the activity at any time throughout the day). Your observations will be submitted through this Google Form; we recommend that you look through the form before you begin the activity. We also invite you to watch this video (8 min) to see how virtual Tree Tracking works! You can also participate on Instagram; check out @sustainableSCU's Stories.
- Take a walk in your neighborhood or town for about 15-20 minutes or around 1 mile. Open up the Google Form (linked above) either before you start your walk or afterwards to track what you find and submit your observations.
- NOTE: If you do not feel comfortable or safe leaving your home or going for a walk for any reason, please feel free to modify this activity to your comfort level. For example, you can count all of the trees that you see out of the windows of your home, or you can take a “walk” on a service such as Google Maps Street View.
- PlantNet App
- iNaturalist App (requires an account)
- Seek App
- Go Botany Website
- Google Images Visual Search
- Try to identify the tree’s species
- Look at what animals and/or insects are interacting with it (perching, eating, living, etc.)
- Look at the overall balance of the tree (refer to photo in the Google Form)
- Check to see if the bark and leaves seem healthy. Keep the season in mind - some trees might be naturally drying out and losing their leaves!
- Please refer to this guide if you would like some help figuring out whether a tree seems healthy or not!
- Take a photo of the entire tree and upload it to the Google Form.