Celebrating Tu B'Shvat 5774

SPNI Celebrates Tu B'Shvat in Modi'in

Tu B'Shvat is the new year of trees. In Israel, this is the season when the Earth starts to come back to life. Tu B'Shvat celebrates the season of renewal and growth in nature. This year, the holiday was celebrated on 16 January 2014. The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel held free events around the country to engage people in nature and celebrate nature's new life.

In Be'er Sheva over 1,000 people joined SPNI in Be'er Sheva River Park. Participants got a taste of urban nature, enjoying a number of activities including, a guided bicycle tour, a study of ants, campfire cooking. The area will be designated an official urban nature site.

Tu B'Shvat events in Be'er Sheva included a campfire.

In Haifa over 600 people gathered at an event on the Lotam River. The day included activities for children, like story-time, a theatrical performance and arts & crafts. it was the perfect season for touring the area, the cyclamen had just started to blossom.

In the Galiliee, 400 people joined together at SPNI's Alon Tavor Field School for a Nature Conservation Happening, that included a lesson on the importance of maintaining open spaces and an arts & crafts project using recycled materials.

In the southern hills of Modi'in, over 8,000 peole joined SPNI's Modi'in Kehila (Community) for their celebration. The event has been a tradition for 15 years! The celebration included tours, various learning sessions for families and children, and discussions about the importance of the area. Modi'in lies in the heart of two vital ecological cooridors, residents were reminded of the necessity of preserving open spaces. The day also included an art activity with reusable materials and even an afternoon tea time.

Other events were also held in Jerusalem and in the Tel Aviv area.

The events were a huge success. SPNI was pleased to have so many participants join us across the country, to connect with nature and learn about important environmental issues in their neighborhoods.