“A Never-Failing Friend: Reflections from a Youth Tree Tender”

October 6, 2022
Mikaya Woodard

This article appeared in the print edition of our special issue of the October Southwest Globe Times

 

A Never-Failing Friend: Reflections from a Youth Tree Tender

By Mikaya Woodard

 

Hi, my name is Mikaya Woodard and I love being a Tree Tender because trees are beautiful. Dealing with trees, personally, it helps me with my personal life and well-being, taking my time, practicing patience, and freedom.

 

In the Fall, I love to be under the Maple tree because of their leaves and they produce syrup. They can live a long time, from 100 to 400 years old. Sitting near a tree or around it helps me feel relief. Trees help us with stress. They comfort us and provide food and wood. They clean our air and filter our water. They take up carbon dioxide and provide us with oxygen. They are a never-failing friend.

 

By being a Tree Tender helps me better myself by watching who I hang with, staying on honor roll, being around honest and caring people. And it brings me what I need the most: peace and happiness.

 

Mikaya is a youth intern in the ROOTS Tree Crew at Bartram’s Garden and is a member of the Southwest Tree Tenders.

 

I'm interested in:

Biking & Walking

Birds

Boating & Fishing

Flowers, Plants & Trees

Gardening

History

Kids' Activities

Sankofa Community Farm

Southwest Philadelphia

Water Quality

Workshops, Wellness & Culture

Youth Internships

I'm interested in:

Biking & Walking

Stroll the Schuylkill River Trail or join us for biking!

Birds

Look up! More than 100 species of birds rely on this ecosystem.

Boating & Fishing

Enjoy all that the Tidal Schuylkill River has to offer.

Flowers, Plants & Trees

See what’s blooming, find a favorite tree, and stroll the gardens and natural lands.

Gardening

Bring the Garden home! Shop for plants and grow your own food.

History

Uncover the interconnected stories of this historic site.

Kids' Activities

Join us year-round to learn, make, share, and wonder.

Sankofa Community Farm

“Go back and get it!” Growing food sovereignty with an African Diaspora focus.

Southwest Philadelphia

Resources and opportunities especially for neighbors in Southwest Philly.

Water Quality

Find our latest data on the river’s bacteria levels and recent rainfall.

Workshops, Wellness & Culture

Enjoy upcoming workshops, self-care, and events. Are you a Southwest artist? Let’s partner!

Youth Internships

Calling Southwest students: paid internships available with the river, the farm, and the trees.