The Johnny Appleseed Trail of Trees was established through a partnership with Trees Indiana and The Johnny Appleseed Educational Museum at Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio. This program was designed to promote the ideals by which Johnny Appleseed lived and memorialize the roles he played in the development of the region by planting apple trees budded from the last living tree planted by Johnny himself.
Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center
1111 Greene Street
Cedar Canyon Elementary
15011 Coldwater Road
Eel River Elementary
12723 Bethel Road
Oak View Elementary
13123 Coldwater Road
15330 Lima Road Huntertown
4501 Thorngate Drive
Oak Farm Montessori
502 Lemper Road Avilla
1301 Ewing Street
Discovered at the historic Harvey-Algeo Farm in Nova, Ohio, the Rambo apple tree is the last known living tree planted by Johnny Appleseed. Softwood cuttings were taken from the aging tree, and then budded and individually grafted onto apple rootstock. The resulting apple trees are genetically identical to the original “parent” tree – Johnny’s own authentic legacy.
American Forests presented Trees Indiana with 22 of these historic Rambo apple trees and Fort Wayne’s own Johnny Appleseed Trail of Trees was planted. The inaugural planting took place at the entrance to Parkview Field (September 2011), where two Rambo apple trees were planted to recognize the man who inspired the name of the TinCaps baseball team. The trail continues throughout the city at area schools, planted with help from students The Johnny Appleseed Society has established a National Registry of Schools who in some way teach and/or celebrate Johnny Appleseed.
If you would like your school to be listed on the Johnny Appleseed Society’s National Registry of Schools here is a partial list of activities a school can do to qualify:
A teacher can teach a unit on Johnny
Plant an apple tree in his honor
Read a book about him
Have a dress-up Johnny visit a class
Play music about him
Present a play about him
Celebrate Johnny’s Birthday (September 26th)
Participating schools will be certified through the Johnny Appleseed Educational Museum, receive an official Johnny Appleseed School Certificate for display, and teachers will gain access to a variety of resources and instructional materials to assist with Johnny Appleseed lesson plans.