Because I am a Horticulture major, I chose to complete my service hours at Baton Rouge Green, a local organization dedicated to planting and conserving our urban forest.

Baton Rouge Green works tirelessly to create partnerships and bring together the resources of the city parish government, private citizens, civic groups, the federation of Civic Associations, the Recreation and Park Commission (BREC), the public and private school systems, local utility companies and area businesses with the Louisiana State University School of Landscape Architecture, Southern University Urban Forestry Program, local and state foresters and independent landscape architects. 

Their numerous school projects provide educational opportunities for children to learn more about their urban forest and their environment,
and the Baton Rouge Green school committee facilitates these projects with the principals and teachers. Baton Rouge Green is also an advocate for our urban forest which improves air quality, saves energy, reduces noise pollution, increases economic stability, improves personal health, improved water quality, creates wildlife diversity, reduces the heat island effect, and adds beauty by softening the harsh lines of the urban world.

According to their web site, the results of Baton Rouge Green projects have been significant. Baton Rouge Green insists that citizens have an increased awareness of their personal contribution to the environment and to their urban forest. They also maintain that businesses enjoy increased economic activity brought by tree planting on adjacent roadways. They take pride in the fact that their work has stimulated a rebirth of civic pride and citizens from all walks of life.

While volunteering at Baton Rouge Green, I completed numerous tasks. 
During Arbor Week ( January 14th-22nd) we visited local elementary schools, where we  educated children on the importance of planting trees in our community. During the Tree Keeper Days (Saturday, February 16th , February 23rd, March 2nd, March 9th) I aided other individuals with the potting and watering of trees at one of Baton Rouge Green's local tree nurseries on Essen Lane.  I also worked at Baton Rouge Greenís Annual Tree Sale on Saturday, March 23rd from 7:00a.m. till 3:30 p.m., where I aided customers and tagged trees.

Now that I have completed my service hours with Baton Rouge Green I can honestly say that I have benefited from the experience in a number of ways. Firstly, by working at Baton Rouge Green, I have developed a better understanding of how important trees are to our community.  Initially, I was aware that they improved air quality and saved energy; however, I did not realize that trees reduce noise pollution. and increase economic stability.

Aside from learning more about how trees impact our society, I also gained vital work experience that I can include on my resume. Before I began this course I had relatively little experience in my field.  Now, however, I have experience related to my chosen profession that I can include on my resume, experience I might add, that will benefit me not just now but in the future as well.