Berkeley celebrated its first day as Tree City USA by planting 13 trees in and around Thousand Oaks Elementary School in North Berkeley.
The Berkeley Unified School District joined the City of Berkeley to teach students at Thousand Oaks about the importance of trees, as well as tree planting techniques from local arborists, school district employees and Berkeley parks department staff.
Two Trident Maple trees were planted in an empty corner of the school, along with Saucer Magnolias, Western Redbuds and Coast Live Oaks on strips near and along Ensenada and Tacoma Avenues.
Excavated earthworms, ants and pill bugs were also studied.
Berkeley City Councilmember Laurie Capitelli accepted the official Tree City USA banner from a representative for the National Arbor Day Foundation, whoe sponsored the program.