Moon Tree Landing at PVSD



The Perkiomen Valley School District has been chosen by NASA and the US Forest Service to receive an Artemis Moon Tree.  To learn more, visit NASA Moon Tree Press Release.

This unique sweet gum tree, which traveled on a 25-day mission around the moon into deep space before returning to Earth, symbolizes the spirit of exploration and discovery that we strive to instill in our students.

PVSD is among a very select group of governmental bodies, private industries, universities, and K-12 institutions across the nation to receive such an honor. This Moon Tree will be planted on the grounds of Middle School East, in a prominent location next to the trailhead kiosk at PV Woods- Lenape Arboretum, providing a lasting reminder of the possibilities that lie beyond our planet.

Visit: PV Woods – Moon Tree Landing for news and updates

We invite the PV Community to join us for the Moon Tree Planting Ceremony on Saturday, June 1st, at 3:20 PM, immediately following our Food Truck Art Festival. This day promises to be a memorable occasion, celebrating both our community’s artistic talents and our commitment to scientific advancement.

In addition, we are excited to share that we are in discussions with The Pratt Institute to explore the use of an innovative hydrogel called AquaSteady, developed by their researchers, in our reforestation efforts. This cutting-edge material could be used on our Moon Tree, and we are excited about the potential benefits it could bring to our arboretums. A representative from The Pratt Institute will also be speaking at the tree planting about this fascinating research.

Receiving this Moon Tree is not just a recognition of our district’s achievements but also a responsibility. We are required to report our progress quarterly to NASA and the US Forest Service. This aligns perfectly with our STEELS (Science, Technology, Engineering, Environment, Literacy, and Sustainability) standards and underscores our dedication to fostering the next generation of scientists and environmental stewards.

We hope you can join us for this momentous occasion. Your presence and support are invaluable as we embark on this exciting journey together.