Happy Arbor Day from a “Tree Campus”

Happy Arbor Day from Continuing Studies and the leafy campus of Rice University! Earlier this year, The Arbor Day Foundation designated Rice University as a “Tree Campus USA” for taking exemplary care of the 4,300 trees that provide beauty and shade to our campus. The program honors colleges and universities that use sustainable practices and engage students in tree-planting and conservation initiatives.

"Yellow Trees, Please" by Courteney Harris

"Yellow Trees, Please" by Courteney Harris

Just like Continuing Studies draws people to campus who might not otherwise have a reason to visit, Rice’s trees draw Houstonians to campus. Indeed, many participants in our recent “Celebrate Rice” photo contest, many of whom had no affiliation to Rice, submitted photos of campus trees, such as the one on the right from Courteney Harris (and more below).

For those interested in discovering the trees of Rice University, you might want to consult the online map of campus trees.  Using the map, you can find specific types of trees, including hollies, magnolias, cypresses, olives, and of course the ubiquitous and glorious oak. (To see the key, click on the plus signs in the boxes in the “Map Contents” column on the left.)

At Continuing Studies, we continue to enjoy our Warhol tree, which we wrote about last fall, as well as the beautiful, large cypress and magnolia trees growing between our building and the Rice Media Center.

So, to celebrate Arbor Day, go out and plant a tree — or just continue to nurture the ones you already have. Keep Houston leafy!

Rice University "Tree Campus USA" video still

Click on the image to see the Rice University "Tree Campus USA" video.

A few other tree-themed photos entered in our “Celebrate Rice” photo contest:

Rice University photo by Carol Ciarniello

"Quietude" by Carol Ciarniello

Rice University photo by Amanda Crawley

Photo by Amanda Crawley

Rice University infrared photo by Kenneth Rice

Infrared photo by Kenneth Rice

Rice University infrared photo by Ed Zimmeth

Another infrared photo, this one by Ed Zimmeth

(Visit our flickr site to see all the photos submitted to our “Celebrate Rice” contest.)

BONUS: Here at Rice, retirees who have served 20 years or more are recognized by a tree planted on campus and dedicated in their honor. John Freeman, professor emeritus in physics and astronomy, who now serves as director of our Master of Liberal Studies program, received this honor in 2000:

Retiree Tree Plaque, Rice University, John Freeman

Plaque underneath Dr. John Freeman's live oak at Rice University

Rice University, live oak, honoring Dr. John Freeman

Dr. Freeman's live oak has grown quite a bit since it was planted in 2000. It's located right in front of the site of the proposed new building for Continuing Studies.

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