Waldorf School plants 500 trees in burned forest

Near McKenzie Pass

BEND, Ore. - As part of the celebration of 100 Years of Waldorf Education and in conjunction with the GreenBee Wildlife Web Initiative, students and communities across the globe will be planting trees and establishing beetending programs and pollination gardens. 

On May 31, in partnership with the US Forest Service in Sisters, the sixth-grade students at the Waldorf School of Bend, their teacher, Thom Routt and parent volunteers planted 500 trees on about three acres of burned forest from the McKenzie Pass fire in 2017. 

Not only is this a learning experience, but we now have a designated area where the students can return to witness the outcome of their efforts. Fostering environmental stewardship is a community value we hold very dearly at the Waldorf School of Bend.

In celebration of Waldorf education's centennial, the Waldorf School of Bend is engaging in social and environmental impact projects from October 2018 to June 2020. The higher aim is to regionally and internationally create a vital interconnectedness essential in today's world. The community-building activities running all year long – large and small, complex and simple, instructive and entertaining –will be as diverse as the world in which we live.

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