Arbor Day 2021

Arbor Day is a Day for celebrating trees. In Nebraska in 1872 J Sterling Morton proposed the idea of a day to plant trees, “Arbor Day”.  On that day prizes were offered for the county that could plant the most trees properly.  One Million trees were said to have been planted on that first Arbor Day.  By 1882 States all across the country were celebrating Arbor Day.

Join The Parks and Recreation Department  for our Annual Arbor Day Celebration at North Park! Our Parks are home to over 10,000 trees! We understand the importance and many benefits that trees provide to our park users and community as a whole. From providing shade to storm water management, urban temperature regulation to increasing property values, trees have a larger impact on our everyday lives than we often recognize.

This year,  we will be holding two Arbor Day Celebrations. Our Spring Arbor Day is scheduled for May 12th and will consist of Tree Planting, volunteer projects, and park beautification projects.

Our Fall Arbor Day celebration will be held on September 16th and consist of Educational Booths for SD2 fourth graders, the official Arbor Day Ceremony, and planting of the Arbor Day Tree.

 

Spring Arbor Day – May 12th at North Park – Tree Plantings & Volunteer Projects

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Landscaping Team– Help improve the landscaping around the North Park Center.
  • General Work Teams– Mulch trees, make improvements to the baseball field, paint picnic shelters, etc.
  • Tree Planting Team– Help parks department staff run the tree planting education station and plant additional trees in the park.
  • Event Assistants– Help with setup and take down at registration, lunch and ceremony.  Deliver beverages to volunteers during work time.  Assist where needed
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Fall Arbor Day – September 16th at North Park-  Students, Education Booths & Arbor Day Ceremony

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Education Booth Presenter – Provide a 25 minute nature/environmental education sessions to hundreds of 4th grade students who attend the event!
  • Elementary School Ambassador– Welcome the students to the event.  Give them a brief orientation and act as their host while the rotate through the education stations
  • Tree Climbing Assistants– Help at the tree climbing station by fitting students into harnesses.  Help hold safety ropes while the youth climb trees.
  • Event Assistants– Help with setup and take down at registration, lunch and ceremony.  Deliver beverages to volunteers during work time.  Assist where needed.

 

For more information contact the Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, or call 657-8308.

 

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