Dominion Energy recently announced enrollment for Project Plant It! is now open for the 2021-2022 academic year that culminates in spring 2022. Project Plant It! is an environmental education initiative created by Dominion Energy in 2007.
Teachers, scout leaders, and any adult who works with youth can register to receive free tree seedlings and free seed packets of wildflowers that attract pollinators while supplies last at projectplantit.com. The planting materials will be shipped in March/April 2022 in time for Arbor Day, April 29, 2022, and National Wildflower Week, May 1–7, 2022.
“We are excited to share that the 16th implementation of Project Plant It! in 2022 coincides with the 150th anniversary of the first occurrence of Arbor Day in 1872 and the 50th anniversary of the Arbor Day Foundation, which was established in 1972,” said Shai West, Project Plant It! Coordinator and associate community affairs representative at Dominion Energy. “The Arbor Day Foundation has been a longtime partner with Dominion Energy and we’re thrilled to celebrate these major milestones with them. Together, we’re helping students of all ages understand that trees improve air quality, provide a home for wildlife, prevent soil erosion, and provide many more benefits to the ecology.”
West noted that Project Plant It! added the pollinator feature to the program in the 2020-2021 academic year. “Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bats are some of the pollinators that play an essential role in supporting our nation’s food system and the sustainability of our environment,” said West. “Project Plant It! aims to increase bee populations by having students plant pollinator gardens at their homes, on school grounds, or in their communities.”
From April 2007 through April 2021, approximately 730,000 tree seedlings and wildflower seed packets (combined number) have been distributed by Dominion Energy and Project Plant It! In April 2022, another 102,000 trees and seed packets (combined number) are expected to be distributed.
The Educator Resources page of the Project Plant It! website includes a variety of hands-on instructional materials about trees and pollinators, including free STEM-based lesson plans, a list of books and online resources, a participant certificate, and more. Many of the materials are available in English and Spanish.