BOSTON – Wednesday, October 26, 2022 – Tomorrow, Mayor Michelle Wu will join PowerCorpsBOS and the Parks and Recreation Department to plant the first dawn redwood tree at the Murphy School, following a school visit with Urban Improv. The tree is one of 10 trees gifted to the City by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

The Arboretum’s dawn redwood trees (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) are among the first of their kind to grow in North America in over two million years. Thought to be extinct for millions of years, in the early 1940s, Zhan Wang and Hsen Hsu Hu took samples from a stand of trees in the Hubei Province of central China and showed that Metasequoia were alive and well. Elmer Merrill, director of the Arnold Arboretum from 1936 to 1946, funded a collecting trip to China to bring seed to Boston. Since the first addition in 1948, the Arboretum has shared seeds with 600 other botanical institutions throughout the world.

More information on the dawn redwood trees can be found here.


School visit: 10:00 a.m.

Tree planting: 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, October 27, 2022


Richard J. Murphy School

1 Worrell Street


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Rehearsal for Life follows the philosophy that theater process and performance can develop crucial social and emotional skills in young people, preparing them to cope with difficult situations now and in the future. Over the last 30 years, Rehearsal for Life has served more than 80,000 young people at more than 125 schools and community groups in Greater Boston and beyond and continues to use theater as a vehicle for social change. Rehearsal for Life’s mission is to strengthen young people’s social and emotional skills for every stage in life, through dialogue, creativity and performance.

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