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Connect Life to Nature

by Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer JordanWhen I think about growing up in the small town of Langdon, North Dakota, I remember many long days of running around the park. Now as a parent I am spending more and more time at the city park. We have a fantastic Park Board that takes pride in keeping up all the grounds, pool, baseball fields, and now a new arboretum.

In 2006, the City of Langdon had to relocate the arboretum to the park. The city since then has planted over 40 trees. The beautification committee continues to plant a tree as part of the Arbor Day Program held with Langdon area 3rd grade students. The committee plants this tree in honor of an outstanding citizen of their community, someone who makes Langdon a better place to live. In the future I would love to be a tree recipient recognized for strong leadership and community pride.

When I was trying to come up with a project idea I thought about my favorite part of Langdon, and the park stood out in my mind. I thought what could make the park more enjoyable for people of all ages? With the help of the City of Langdon, the City Park Board, and the beautification committee I wanted to follow through with the idea of showcasing the arboretum and enhance the public awareness.

My plan is to make a path through the arboretum to make it accessible and welcoming to all people. Plants are a necessary part of the emotional and spiritual well-being of people. It is my commitment to create an atmosphere of excitement, enthusiasm, and interest about the living environment. I will create a brochure with both learning information about the different species of the trees and brief summaries of the tree recipients. I think it is important to stress how these individuals impacted the City of Langdon. Hopefully they will model the way for the youth of Langdon. I hope that this project promotes community involvement and enhances the city park.

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