A little over a year ago, substitute teacher Earline Sceroler and Denham High School agriscience teacher Cheryl Page were talking during duty when the subject of trees surfaced.

Page explained how she couldn't find several Louisiana native trees in the area needed to help educate her forestry program students before they took tree identifications tests.

Sceroler, a member of the Denham Springs Garden Club, got the idea to help the students by turning to her fellow Garden Club members.

The idea came to life last week when the first trees were planted during the club's annual Arbor Day program at the North Park pavilion. Club President Virginia Bruce welcomed the students and teachers who are assisting with the tree-planting project.

"We wanted to do something for the kids in the forestry class, and it was a good project for our club," said Sceroler, who was chairwoman of the club's Arbor Day program.

The Arbor Day program usually dedicates a tree in memory of a deceased member, she said. 

This year's program included assistance from several of the Denham High students, who helped plant redbud and yellow poplar trees, she said.

Sceroler solicited help from City of Denham Springs arborist/landscaper Dale Zuelke to find the tree varieties the students and teacher were looking for. 

In addition to the trees planted at North Park last week, trees will be planted at South Park, Freshwater Park and other locations around town. Trees on the wish list included Eastern redbud, flowering dogwood, post oak, slash pine, sugarberry, water tupelo and yellow poplar.

Sceroler said they haven't found some on this list, but "are still looking."

She said the tree-planting project will create an outdoor classroom for future students who need to learn about Louisiana native trees.