About 100 children from a local elementary school used their green thumbs to plant about 1,500 seedlings along the Bow River as part of the Southland Park improvement project.
Max Mandaione, 7, said, "Planting trees is cool because it's good for the environment... and I like to dig in the dirt."
The wee trees which are provided by IKEA and Irving Oil are being planted as part of the 2009 Tree Canada Partnership who's aim is to educate Calgarians about natural areas in Calgary and the importance of sustaining natural spaces.
City of Calgary Parks' staff were on hand to provide support and offer some tree-planting advice for the youth. They will also maintain the fledgling balsam poplars. "Natural areas," said eight-year-old Akrity Jaswal, a second grade student from Langevin Science School "are important". Equally important, she said was getting your hands dirty.
Southland park improvement project from The City of Calgary on Vimeo.