Planting 125 trees

Planting the first 125th anniversary tree.The history of Elon University is uniquely tied to trees. The school was built in a grove of trees, and took its name from the oaks that remained. To celebrate its quasquicentennial, Elon University will plant 125 trees between September 2013 and March 2014. Dates and locations of the tree plantings are noted below.

Tree #1: Tree of Values
Academic Village

Presented to the Class of 2017 at the Call to Honor Ceremony, Thursday, Sept. 12. (Read the related story.)

Trees #2-65: Trees of the World
Global Neighborhood

Planted during the week of Sept. 16-20. These trees will represent species that can be found throughout the world.

Trees #66-71: Trees of Faith
Catholic Newman Center, Holt Chapel, Numen Lumen Pavilion, Sklut Hillel Center & the Labyrinth

Planted during the week of Oct. 14-18. These trees symbolize the multiplicity of beliefs found on campus.

Trees #72-85: Trees of Heritage
Martin Alumni Center and other locations

Planted during Homecoming weekend, Nov. 8-10. Alumni groups can help plant a tree for their graduation decade. The university will provide one tree for each decade.

Trees #86-96 :Trees of Service
Ellington Center for Health and Wellness

These trees will be planted on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in January 2014 and will reinforce the healthful balance that can be achieved by serving others.

Trees #96: 123 Trees of Inclusion
Across campus

Trees, like humans, represent a wide diversity of features. These trees represent the final plants on the revised Elon Tree Trail. They will be planted during the month of February 2014 and will help us celebrate the differences we bring to this learning environment. This planting coincides with the release of the Tree Trail Guide (print and online) that features 125 different species of trees.

Trees #124-125: Trees of Celebration
Academic Village

On Founders Day (March 11, 2014), two trees will be planted for Elon presidents not yet recognized with a Founders Day tree: J. Fred Young and Leo M. Lambert.