Students at Kelsey Norman Elementary celebrated Earth Day on Monday with a little dirt while learning how to plant a tree a different way.
Foresters with the Missouri Department of Conservation had some help from a few first graders on planting a bare root tree.
The students learned that the bare root tree method takes a little more work, like soaking the young plant in water and combing through it's roots.
Urban forester Jon Skinner says it's important that homeowners interested in planting the bare root way follow instructions, or else their tree may not have a long healthy life.
"Buying a bare root tree is keeping that root system moist and protected until you get it into the ground, most homeowners don't understand it, and don't do it well, and some can do it, but a lot of them plant a dead tree because the root system dried out," says Skinner.
The conservation department plans to plant more bare root trees at the school over the next several years.