When Apollo 14 flew into space in 1971, the craft carried hundreds of tree seeds along on the trip. The U.S. Forest Service germinated the seeds when they returned to earth. The seedlings were distributed across the United States and beyond.
One ended up at Lowell Elementary School in Boise’s North End, where it’s grown ever since. The 45-year-old tree is now struggling and the school community wants to raise money and awareness to keep it alive.
Check out this video of resident Pattie Hennequin who’s been leading the effort. You can read Anna Webb’s story about the project in Wednesday’s Idaho Statesman.