The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently announced that a free class about trees is being offered to all 4th grades in the County by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Master Tree Stewards. The program is available to visit your school on Wednesday afternoons from January to June. 

“From Winter 2011 to Spring 2012 over 2,900 students participated in the class and learned just how important trees are and the role they play in urban environments,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “My colleagues and I encourage schools to participate in this enjoyable and engaging program.”
 
Using a fun, hands-on approach, students learn about the world’s amazing trees, tree products, and the benefits of planting and maintaining them. As part of the class, students will build a tree in their classroom, act out a play about trees, and play trivia games to test their knowledge. The program is taught by Master Tree Steward volunteers and lasts one hour.
 
The Master Tree Stewards are part of the Union County Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program. To sign up for the program fourth grade teachers and school principals should contact Jim Nichnadowicz, Union County 4-H Agent at 908-654-9854 or email Nichnadowicz@njaes.rutgers.edu.