Sophomore Assisi Scholars explore Fall foliage

Sophomore Assisi Scholars explore Fall foliage

Spring Grove Cemetery was ablaze with magnificent fall color on October 31 as the sophomore Assisi Scholars viewed many unique trees with the horticulturalist.The recent frost and rain enhanced the beauty of the color. One of only five cemeteries designated as a National Historic Landmark, Spring Grove boasts nineteen state champion trees and fifteen lakes on its 733 acres.

One of the main features of the field trip included viewing an ancient oak tree that is estimated to be at least 400 years old and a champion Dawn Redwood that measured 82 feet high and 46 feet wide. According to sophomore Josiah McGee, “Going to the cemetery and seeing the magnificent trees was an unexpectedly exciting time.My favorite part about viewing the trees was to see how evolution has altered the plants and how similar but different they are from each other when it comes to size, seed formation, and more.”

The Assisi Scholars will continue to explore various locations in Cincinnati and beyond in an effort to learn more about their region. One of many objectives of the Assisi Scholar Program is to expose students to areas of interest that could inspire a future career. For students who are interested in the earth sciences, history, architecture, and photography, Spring Grove Cemetery offers a treasure trove of career possibilities.