RICHMOND, Virginia., April 29, 2021 / PRNewswire / – This spring, 51,000 students in 15 states will participate in the Plant It! by Dominion Energy. and discover the benefits that trees and pollinators provide to the ecosystem. Each student enrolled in the program will also receive a tree seedling and a packet of wildflower seeds designed to attract bees and other pollinators.
Dominion Energy created the Plant It! in 2007 to train the next generation of environmental stewards. To celebrate the 15th year of the company’s popular Arbor Day program, a pollinator feature has been added to highlight the critical role bees and pollinators play in the sustainability of our food system and the environment. This year’s 51,000 seed packets and 51,000 tree seedlings carry the total amount of planting material from Project Plant It! that have been distributed to over 730,000 students and nonprofits across Dominion Energy’s footprint since 2007.
Tree seedlings and wildflower seed packets are shipped to attendees in April by the Arbor Day Foundation, a longtime Dominion Energy partner on the Plant It! Project. In 2021, the Arbor Day is April 30 and National Wildflower Week is May 3-7.
“We help students connect to the environment in a very personal and meaningful way,” said Shai West, Project Plant It! Coordinator and Associate Community Affairs Representative at Dominion Energy. “Planting trees and wild flowers helps improve air quality, support our food supply and ensure a sustainable environment. “
The Educational Resources page of the Plant it! Project website includes STEM-focused lesson plans, playlists, games, and other educational resources on trees and pollinators. Most of the new documents on pollinators are available in English and Spanish.
From the East Coast to the Rocky Mountains, Project Plant It! is adopted by participating schools and organizations that serve youth in the communities where Dominion Energy operates.
“We love this program and have used it in previous years to plant trees around the Boy Scout School,” said Nicole rosario, a scout in Charlottesville, Virginia. “Girls like to see the height of trees every year and know that they are responsible for planting them. Project Plant It!
“Our school system really appreciated the invitation to participate in the Plant It! for the first time this year, ”said Jaraun Dennis, director of technology and director of facilities for the Uinta County School district Evanston, Wyo. “We distributed tree seedlings and wildflower seed packets to several of our elementary schools. I know that students will have a very special connection to nature by caring for their tree and watching their wild flowers attract bees and other pollinators. Plant it! Project really brings science to life. “
To end the season with a hands-on outdoor activity, Dominion Energy’s team of foresters and environmentalists will provide expertise and assistance at a number of Arbor Day events that are planned to Virginia, Connecticut, North Carolina, Ohio, Caroline from the south, West Virginia and Wyoming.
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