February 23, 2024

As the fall semester came to a close, the Biological Sciences Department, Environmental Science Club and Botany Club carved out time on Dec. 1 and 2 to give back during the annual Arbor Day event.

Held in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation as a certified Tree Campus USA, the event featured tree planting, cleanup of the Colony Apartments living area and street cleanup on Monroe Street and Diana Avenue bordering campus. It is supervised and directed by Dr. Bonjun Koo, professor of natural science.

Cynthiana Rangel

During the event, 158 people helped make California Baptist University even more green. The first day’s volunteers joined environmental science professor Dr. Jacob Lanphere’s Urban Agriculture Lab students at Lancer Farm and Gardens to plant three trees, adding more shade around the Hawthorne House.

Environmental science major Jacob Trinidad and sustainability major Cynthiana Rangel led the second day’s volunteers in planting four more trees, while Botany Club vice president Kelsey Bechler led the team helping beautify campus by picking up trash around the Colony.

The CBU Environmental Science Club is partnered with Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful, and it has adopted Monroe Street. Arbor Day offered a well-timed chance to complete their monthly street cleanup. In addition to planting seven trees, the teams collected 15 bags of trash during this year’s Arbor Day efforts.

Cynthiana Rangel

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