Kids pass ‘Acorn Challenge’ — the oak tree kind — and surpass the 1 million mark

As we noted last week, youth groups helping the ecology organization Great River Greening have been working for three years to collect 1 million acorns to be planted in area forests.

On Saturday, they reached their goal.

Bob Viking of the Greening group reports that more than 900,000 acorns were collected this year, bringing the three-year total to 1,377,000. (They don’t actually count every one; big bags are weighed and calculations made. They figure 300 acorns to a pound.)

Students from Sunrise Middle School in White Bear Lake collected the most this year — 177,900 — and thus collected a $500 prize for themselves. Sunrise also won the challenge in 2007. (I attended Sunrise a while back, when it was a junior high.)

Acorns collected by the youth groups were planted at Como Park in 2007 and at Afton State Park last year. This year, many will go to Afton again for an oak restoration project, while some will be planted in forests in Scott and Isanti counties.

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