BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ. – On April 22, a rainy Saturday morning, Governor Livingston High School Science Teacher Lara Mendenhall led her students to the Passaic River Park for a double celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day.  

With the help of Environmental Commissioners Dave Ogens and Richard Leister, the students planted more than 40 buttonbush saplings along the trail and protected them with tree tubes.   Buttonbush is a deciduous native shrub with an open-rounded habit that prefers moist-to-wet soil and typically grows 6-12 foot tall.  The flowers resemble ball-shaped pin cushions that attract bees and butterflies. 

The saplings were provided by the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission, which encourages the planting of native trees and shrubs.    The mission of the Environmental Commission is to protect, develop or use natural resources, including water resources, located within the Township.