Baton Rouge Green celebrated Arbor Week with a series of tree plantings at schools, according to Amy Loe, communications coordinator for the organization.

Third- and fourth-grade students helped members of Baton Rouge Green plant three parsley hawthorn trees and five redbay trees on campus at the Baton Rouge Center for Visual and Performing Arts on Jan. 13.

The organization also supervised the planting of two river birch trees Jan. 14 at Westminster Elementary with a group of prekindergartners and kindergartners.

Baton Rouge Green held its annual Arbor Day Luncheon on Jan. 15 at Lod Cook Alumni Center, welcoming keynote speaker Greg Levine. Levine is the co-executive director and chief program officer of Trees Atlanta. He spoke about the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, a 22-mile linear expanse of natural space that offers a “unique glimpse into the horticultural history of Atlanta,” Loe said.

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden thanked the Living Roadways Green Team for its service to the community. The team’s financial support helps provide the care and maintenance of more than 5,000 trees along Baton Rouge roadways, Loe said.

Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Although celebrated in most of the country later in the year, Louisiana’s Arbor Day is always the third Friday in January — during tree planting season here.