In a strong expression of St. John’s focus on improving the
environment, the University community is invited to celebrate
National Arbor Day by attending a tree-planting event that will
launch a new arboretum at the Queens campus.
The event will begin with registration at 10:30 a.m. on Friday,
April 26, in front of Donovan Hall in the Residence Village. The
first 150 students who register in advance will receive a
complimentary lunch along with a Tree Campus USA® T-shirt and
After registration, a brief ceremony will feature speakers from
St. John’s and the event’s cosponsors, Toyota and the Arbor Day
Foundation. Those organizations donated 50 native northeastern
trees and shrubs that student volunteers will then plant around the
campus softball field. Other activities include lunch and tours of
The planted area will become an arboretum for use in student and
faculty research. “Having a campus arboretum, with native trees and
shrubs that are common to nearby parks, is a most helpful resource
for botany, ecology and field biology courses,” said
Richard Stalter, Ph.D., Professor of Biology in St.
John’s College of Liberal Arts and
To register in advance, students may send an e-mail with the
subject “Tree Planting” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year, the Arbor Day Foundation named St. John’s to its list of
Campus USA® institutions of higher learning, recognizing
colleges and universities that promote tree health, sustainability