Santa Clara County is coming together to plant 1,000 trees at school campuses, with a kickoff media event on Friday at the Santa Clara County Office of Education South County Annex in Gilroy.
April 29 marks Arbor Day, a day dedicated to preserving and planting trees.
The tree-planting initiative is a partnership between the county of Santa Clara and the office of education.
The goal is to help improve “tree deserts” and encourage “a sense of environmental stewardship among youth,” according to a county news release.
Friday’s event will feature speakers and a ceremonial tree planting. Attendees are expected to include Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, County Superintendent of Schools Mary Ann Dewan and County Board of Education trustee Claudia Rossi.
Representatives from the county office of education, the office of sustainability and Silicon Valley nonprofit Our City Forest will also attend.
Students and youth volunteers will participate in the tree planting.
The kickoff event and ceremonial tree planting takes place Friday from 12-1 p.m. at the Office of Education South County Annex, 9300 Wren Ave., Gilroy.
People can watch a livestream of the speakers or view the stream afterwards on the county’s Facebook page.