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Treasuring our Trees: Cedar Rapids & Surrounding Areas Following the Derecho

  • Details

  • 10/25/20
  • 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Free
  • All Ages
  • Categories

  • Community
  • Outdoor

Event Description

“When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locusts, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness. I would almost say that they save me, and daily” (Mary Oliver, “When I Am Among the Trees”). Since Aug. 10, the greater Cedar Rapids community lost a significant portion of its mature tree population to the derecho. While we are in the midst of an ongoing clean-up, this is an opportunity to come together as a community to acknowledge the profound loss of our beloved trees, bless the land, and initiate the long and necessary process toward communal healing through shared story, ritual, song and poetry. This first online autumnal gathering on Oct. 25 will be followed by two other seasonal gatherings, one in the winter—a time for stillness and dormancy—and one in spring—a time for planting and new life (dates to be announced). Please plan to join us by Zoom from the location of your favorite tree, or if you prefer, you can email a before- or after-derecho photo of your favorite tree to include in our opening tribute. This program is a community effort by Prairiewoods, Indian Creek Nature Center, Trees Forever, Winding Pathways, Cornell College Spiritual Life, Peoples Church and other community partners. To join the celebration of trees via Zoom, please use meeting ID 829 4883 0080 and password 056503. This program is free, and registration is not required. For more information, contact Prairiewoods at or 319-395-6700.