NNU becomes the first Tree Campus in Idaho
Northwest Nazarene University invited the Nampa community to join in celebrating as NNU becomes the first Tree Campus in Idaho. To commemorate Arbor Day and complete the final process of receiving certification as a Tree Campus, a special Arbor Day chapel was held Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the parking lot by Dooley and Culver Halls, followed by the planting of eighteen trees on campus.
After a scripture reading, an honoring of the NNU grounds crew, and an education session from a certified arborist, eighteen trees were planted. Using this month to emphasize creation and stewardship in chapel, Chaplain Olivia Metcalf explained, “It gives us a tangible act to celebrate God’s creation, and we get to help our campus receive a special certification.”
To become a certified Tree Campus, a campus must satisfy five objectives. First, a committee must be formed that includes facility managers, community participants, faculty and students. Second, a tree care plan must be created. Third, a dedicated annual expenditure towards the planting and care of campus trees must take place. Fourth, there needs to be an Arbor Day observance. Finally, the campus must have a service learning project. Through the Arbor Day chapel, both the third and fourth objective were obtained, and the requirements completed for NNU’s campus to receive certification.