SOU’s daylong Arbor Day 2017 celebration

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University’s Landscape Services Department will continue its commitment to sustainability by hosting its annual Arbor Day event on Friday, April 14, featuring a new, guided botanical tour.
The virtual guided tour will include more than 100 different and unique trees – each with a physical identification plaque and a QR code for additional information. The day’s events will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until after 4 p.m.
Keynote speakers will address various Arbor Day topics, a ceremony will be held to acknowledge SOU’s designation as a Tree Campus USA, the first 200 volunteers will be offered free lunch at the Hawk, and more than 6,000 plants will be planted by volunteers.
Community members are welcome to attend the family-friendly event and get their hands dirty with SOU’s landscape team, volunteer staff, faculty and students.
An Arbor Day Disc Golf Tournament will conclude the day’s festivities at 4 p.m.
Major sponsors of SOU’s Arbor Day Event include Plant Oregon and SOU dining.
For more information, visit: Those with questions may contact Landscape Services supervisor Mike Oxendine at
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