The youngest and the very, very oldest on the University of Wisconsin campus came together to say goodbye Friday, as a campus landmark is set to be removed.
It?s known as the President?s Tree, an old burr oak named for its proximity to a building that once housed the university?s presidents. At 300 years old, it?s the oldest tree on campus.
Classes from the nearby UW Preschool Lab have spent the last decade or more picnicking under its leaves and learning from it. The latest class, taught by Kris Krystofiak, has been visiting the burr oak for two years.
?They watch the tree grow and change as they have,? said Krystofiak. ?For them, the tree has become a kind of a partner, a friend, a very special part of their lives.?
?I do like to think about what this tree has witnessed over the last 300 years,? said Daniel Einstein, a historic and cultural manager with the Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture Department.