I often volunteer with Tree People here in LA, so I reached out and actually had the chance to volunteer with the Armenia Tree Project this summer!
I connected with ATP and had the opportunity to attend one of their planting events while I was in Armenia. I met up with the leaders at ATP’s headquarters in Yerevan and we drove for about 30 minutes to Ashtarak, Armenia. Here, we picked up juniper trees in Karin Nursery and headed to the nearby planting site, where we met up with a large group of volunteers (who were all, ironically, also from SoCal).
We planted these trees in the dry soil and watered them extensively. There was very little humidity, so the soil was completely dried up!
It was really hard to dig holes for the trees because of all the rocks in the soil. I actually think this was the perfect field to work on because of how dry it is; the trees will add some color and life to it!
The leaders informed our group that a community of houses are being built adjacent to this large field, and our trees will increase the health of these incoming citizens’ land and air. They will be able to take care of these trees after we plant them, which I think is really amazing!
I also had the chance to walk around the nursery, which is one of four ATP nurseries in Armenia and Arstakh. I was familiarized with a lot of new plants and berries!
I walked around some of their classrooms as well, where young students visit on school field trips and learn about the importance of environmentalism and how to connect with plants and nature. I would have loved to have a program like this when I was growing up, and I loved seeing all the interactive classrooms.
I really enjoyed getting to volunteer with ATP, and I hope the have the chance to volunteer with them again the next time I go to Armenia!
Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoyed!