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Fox Island celebrates its first Arbor Day

Fox Island is surrounded by and connected to trees.

To reinforce the connection between the island and the woods, the Fox Island Historical Society is planning its first-ever Arbor Day celebration April 11.

John Reese, a gardener and a forester, will be on hand to share his knowledge of trees.

The inside of the museum will have stations with information about wood and its benefits. An “I Spy” game that incorporates the museum is planned for children.

Free sitka seedlings and planting instructions donated by Weyerhauser will also be given away.

“We’re trying to expand the reach of the museum,” said Karen Kretschmer, a museum board member.

Museum officials were looking for more community enrichment opportunities and Arbor Day “seemed like a good fit,” Kretschmer said.

Inside the museum, examples of the usefulness of wood can be found in dugout canoes and other artifacts on hand.

Right now, the museum is planning to restore the historic Lila Acheson Wallace cabin located on the site. The 1908 cabin was once home to Wallace, who went on to found the Reader’s Digest media empire.

Krestchmer said the cabin will be used as a learning opportunity on Arbor Day.

The event will run from 1 to 3 p.m. April 11 at the Fox Island Historical Society grounds, 1017 9th Avenue Court Fi, Fox Island.