Professor Elwood Pricklethorn, right, aka Warren Hoselton, enlists the help of a boy, who is peeking over a sign, in his kid-friendly course on tree science.
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MEDINA — “All we are saying, is give trees a chance,” Professor Elwood Pricklethorn sang to the tune of John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.”
The arborist from Toronto, whose real name is Warren Hoselton, was in Medina on a rainy Tuesday conducting a kid-friendly course on tree science in the Uptown Park gazebo.
About 20 children took part in the low-key seminar that was part of the Tour des Trees that included about 75 bicyclists riding 100 miles a day to raise money for tree research and education.
Professor Pricklethorn taught the kids different things made out of trees, such as paper.
He instructed the children to “plant the right tree in the right place,” and cautioned against hugging a prickly, thorny tree.
The kids received a Pricklethorn workbook and a book about trees courtesy of the Davey Tree Expert Co. and the Tree Research and Education Endowment, or TREE Fund.
Tuesday’s program included planting a hackberry tree on the southeast corner of Public Square.
Once the hackberry tree was planted by members of the city parks department, including Director Jansen Wehrley, Curtis Wellock and Thaddeus Conkey, Pricklethorn led everyone in a dedication ceremony for the bicentennial tree.
Cyclists participating in the Tour des Trees left Mohican State Park in Loudonville at 8 a.m. and pedaled about 62 miles to Medina. After resting and having some lunch on the square, they were off to Kent to complete the 100-mile daily trip. In all, they will log about 500 miles over five days.
J. Eric Smith, CEO of the TREE Fund, said this is the 26th year of the ride. He said they have raised $325,000 so far this year.
He said there is a mechanic on the trip, a masseuse and a yoga instructor.
“It’s a real holistic experience,” Smith said.
He said riding in the pouring rain would give the bicyclists stories to tell their grandchildren.
“It will be the challenges that people will remember,” he said.