The City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will celebrate Arbor Day and the 40th anniversary of Earth Day Thursday, April 22nd by planting two large Camphor trees at Los Amigos Park, Sixth Street and Hollister Avenue, Santa Monica.

Prior to the tree planting ceremony, the principals of the Santa Monica Alternative Schoolhouse (SMASH) and John Muir Elementary School will lead student assemblies on the type of tree being planted, proper tree care, and how trees benefit the environment overall.

The new trees will be located adjacent to the playground and will provide shade to students at the park for years to come.

As a cooperative project of the city and the school district, funding for the trees was provided by the Santa Monica City Council as part of a city initiative to increase shade in park playground areas.

John Muir Elementary School Principal Tristan Komlos and SMASH Principal Jessica Rishe will host the event on behalf of the district.

Due to the large number of students expected to participate in the celebratory event, two half-hour planting ceremonies will be held. The first ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the second ceremony following at 11:10 a.m.