California Arbor Week Educational Performance and Tree Climbing Tour Travels the State this March

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Statewide 10-day performance & tree climbing tour celebrates 100+ years of Arbor Day in California.

TreeCircus helps students understand how their local trees can lower the temperature and raise their spirits.

TreeCircus, an educational performance group, will tour the state in celebration of California Arbor Week from March 6-15, 2013. Kicking off at the Luther Burbank Farm in Santa Rosa, this high energy group will perform 11 “edu-taining” shows in cities throughout the state that all share the same need… trees! In addition to their performances, TreeCircus offers free tree climbing lessons after the show. Cities along the tour include Sebastopol, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Oakland, Visalia, Porterville, San Dimas, Palm Springs, and Los Angeles.

During their performances, TreeCircus discusses numerous tidbits about biology, showing how trees filter urban particulate pollution. They help students understand how their local trees can lower the temperature and raise their spirits. Throughout the hour-long program, participants learn many things about trees, including: their value, why we should plant more of them, and even how to climb them like the pros. Those who suddenly find themselves a part of the TreeCircus act, out in front of the audience, generally blossom in their own right. Student participation is what these programs are all about.

The TreeCircus will be paying special tribute to Luther Burbank on this tour. Burbank, whose turn of the century farm experiments changed the food we eat, is the only person to have a state’s Arbor Day celebrated on his birthday. In 1906 the California Federation of Women’s Clubs passed a resolution requesting Arbor Day to be named after Burbank, and the proclamation was signed and established in 1909 by Governor James N. Gillett.

In addition to hosting a TreeCircus performance, many events will have an “Ask the Arborist” booth where members of the community can pick the brains of local Certified Arborists. This is the perfect opportunity for individuals to ask their burning questions about trees within the community, or even in their own backyards.

The California State Assembly and Senate have established March 7-14 of each year as California Arbor Week. California Arbor Week is an opportunity to unite homeowners, cities, businesses, and individuals. It also helps to educate Californians on the value of trees, and how trees contribute towards building successful, healthy cities and neighborhoods. Though this is an important message every day of the year, March 7-14 is a chance for Californians of all ages to really recognize the natural wonders that surround us, and celebrate these most treasured resources together. Learn more about statewide arbor week events at http://www.arborweek.org.

Be a part of California Arbor Week. Plant and care for a tree. Join the TreeCircus in a community event. The TreeCircus California Arbor Week Tour 2013 is sponsored by Cal Fire and The Britton Fund, Inc. Find the full TreeCircus event listing at http://www.treecircus.org.

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