Some Charlottesville students got hands-on education about nature, right in their school's backyard Wednesday.

Second-graders at Clark Elementary School planted a tree in preparation for Arbor Day, which is this Friday. Dominion sponsored the event, and members of the Arbor Day Foundation and the Forestry Department helped students with the planting.

The nonprofit City Schoolyard Garden organized things, and members say this is part of a bigger change to the students' curriculum.

"What we're doing here is bringing nature into their everyday lives, so they see the connections between their school garden and a wildlife habitat, between pollination, and it's all happening right here where they are every day,” said Jeanette Abi-Nader, executive director of the City Schoolyard Garden.

This year, the nonprofit has brought gardens to six schools in Charlottesville, including Clark, where students plant the crops, then prepare and eat what they grow.

Each student got a red bud sapling to take home Wednesday.