Tree identification challenge accepted by 45 York elementary students at annual Tree Bee

On Tuesday, November 19, elementary students from across York Region stumped their opponents at the fifth annual York Region Tree Bee. Hosted by The Regional Municipality of York, this tree identification competition challenged 45 students from four schools, who worked in teams to identify tree species native to Ontario.

Congratulations to the students from Elder’s Mills Public School who earned a championship plaque and a bursary valued at $300 towards an environmental project at their school.

This fun, the educational program gets students in grades four to six buzzing about nature and raises awareness of the importance of trees and forests. Students prepare for the competition by working with their teachers to identify tree species that grow in Ontario.

Tree Bee is offered in partnership with Forests Ontario, the organization that established this initiative in 1952.

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