Bringing Back the American Chestnut Tree and Restoration of Native Food Forests

 2021 Events 

Graver Arboretum American Chestnut Plant
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Sun, April 18th, 10am - 4pm

The Lee and Virginia Graver Arboretum of Muhlenberg College, 1581 Bushkill Center Rd, Bath, PA 18014.

 

SCHEDULE:
10 am - Opening Ceremony
10;30am - Educational Presentations
11am - 4pm - Tree Planting, Tagging, Site Maintenance. Closing

 

This event is part of the Bringing Back the American Chestnut Tree Project
https://www.antinanco.org/american-chestnut-trees

Sun, July 25th, 10am - 2pm

Bayonet Farm, 41 Middletown Road, Holmdel, NJ

We invite children, adults and volunteers to join us on this day to plant Paw Paw Trees!  The event is free. Community service credit and scout merit badge credit are available. Please RSVP by July 15th at info@antinanco.org if you are planning to attend.

SCHEDULE:
10 am - We meet by the Red Barn for educational presentations
11 am - We move to the planting site (about 1 mile from the entrance) for planting
 

This event is part of the Restoration of Native Food Forests Project, and is hosted in partnership with CILU and Holmdel Township

Sat, Sept 4th, 10am - 12pm

The NJ Land Conservancy's Pequannock Watershed Preserve, Stockholm,  NJ

Join us to learn about the American Chestnut Tree and visit a native forest segment with wild chestnut trees present.  We will discuss the American chestnut ecological history and distribution, favorable soil conditions, companion plants and animals that depend on and disperse the chestnut, and major disturbances (natural and introduces) that impacted the chestnut distribution and caused the tree's ultimate disappearance. We will then examine the wild chestnut trees present in the area, and learn how to identify them, log our observations, and recognize the signs of blight.

 

The event is limited to 30 attendees and ride-shares are encouraged. To RSVP an for exact location, email info@antinanco.org.

 

Volunteers and interns interested to be involved in our ongoing American Chestnut tree care and inspections are encouraged to attend for training. This event is offered in partnership with The Land Conservancy of NJ. 

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Sat, Nov 20th, 10am - 4pm

American Chestnut and Companion Trees Planting Day 

The Lee and Virginia Graver Arboretum of Muhlenberg College, 1581 Bushkill Center Rd, Bath, PA 18014

(rain day - Nov 21st)

We invite children and adults to join us on this day to plant American Chestnut Trees! The event is free. Community service credit and scout merit badge credit are available. Please RSVP at info@antinanco.org if you are planning to attend.

 

​SCHEDULE:
10 am - Opening Ceremony
10;30am - Educational Presentations
11am - 4pm - Tree Planting, Tagging, Site Maintenance. Closing

Join us for Tree Inspections, Monitoring, Scientist Citizen Projects:

Our next round of inspections will take place in November of 2021 in Budd Lake, NJ, Bath, PA, Bangor, PA, and Emmaus, PA. Volunteers and interns are invited to contact the Project Coordinator, Joseph Resch, to participate: jresch@antinanco.org.  

For Families, Children, Scout Groups and Volunteers:

We invite Volunteers, Students and Scout Groups to Join our Planting Events. We also invite children and students to participate as citizen scientists in tracking the trees' health and growth.  To receive updates about our work with American Chestnut Trees, and participate in the planting events and tree inspections, please email us with your contact information and availability at info@antinanco.org

Check Out Our American Chestnut Conservation Field Manual

The American Chestnut Conservation Field Course manual is intended for students wishing to gain foundational knowledge about the history and plight of the American Chestnut tree, tree care and maintenance, as well as the trees' importance in in the Northeastern ecosystem, the impact of its demise on other species, and symbiotic relationships with companion plans and fungi.