Community members are invited to grab a shovel and help plant 100 trees at Goleta’s Stow Grove Park, 580 N. La Patera Lane, 9-11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 16.

“Just a couple of hours of your time on a Saturday morning will contribute to the sustainability of our environment for years to come,” said George Thomson, Parks and Open Space manager.

Five city officials hold shovels as they help plant a tree on Arbor Day at Stow Grove Park.
Credit: Courtesy photo

“Plus, what a better way to spend a Saturday morning than being outside in this beautiful setting surrounded by people that care about Goleta and its future,” he said.

All ages and experience levels are welcome to participate.

The purpose of the tree planting event has historical roots. Edgar Stow planted the original trees in the 1930s.

Over the past 15 years of drought in California, the coast redwoods of Stow Grove Park have declined in health. Some portions of the grove have remained strong and vigilant, while others have declined and died.

By planting 100 trees, the city hopes to get the grove back to what Edgar Stow had envisioned.

The city will provide all tools, materials and knowledge necessary to successfully plant a tree. Volunteer participants should bring sunscreen, a hat, comfortable boots, and work gloves. Refreshments will be provided.

To volunteer, email or call 805-562-5509.