PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Middle schoolers in Portland took advantage of the weather Monday to help protect the future of a park right across the street.
Seventh graders from Lincoln Middle School have been studying plant life in Baxter Woods Park, learning about the native trees and about invasive plants moving in.
In the meantime, law firm Verrill Dana is celebrating their 150th birthday, and to celebrate they wanted to plant new trees in the park - so they solicited the help of the students.
150 balsam firs and white pines were planted in various spots in the park by the students to hopefully be enjoyed by future generations of students.
The park is starting to see invasive plants moving in from the outer edges, like Norway Maple, which can choke other native trees out from the sun. City Arborist, Jeff Tarling, says planting these new trees will help preserve the future of the park.