Arbor Day Activities

You don’t have to be a “tree hugger” to appreciate the contributions these timbered plants make on our environment. In celebration of Arbor Day this Friday, embrace these ecology-friendly experiences this weekend.

Keep Evansville Beautiful Arbor Day Tree Giveaway
11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve Shelter House one, 551 N. Boeke Road
Keep Evansville Beautiful partners with Wesselman Woods, Indiana 811, CenterPoint Energy, On the Spot Utility Resources, and the Evansville Department of Urban Forestry for its annual tree giveaway. Each attendee can receive one free tree of a species native to southwestern Indiana and partake in an informational session with arborists. Organizers caution that these trees grow large, so plant accordingly.

Sycamore Land Trust Arbor Day Tree Giveaway
11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 28
Old National Bank atrium, One Main St.
Each visitor at this event, sponsored by the Sycamore Land Trust — which is the custodian of the Eagle Slough Natural Area wetlands across the state line from Ellis Park — will receive one free native seedling, while supplies last, provided by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Vallonia Nursery. Wild Birds Unlimited from Carmel, Indiana, and Ancient Roots Native Nursery of Poseyville, Indiana, will hand out free Arbor Day-related giveaways, and information will be available from Evansville Audubon Society and Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area.

Arbor Day Celebration
4 p.m. April 28
Atkinson Park, 1813 N. Elm St., Henderson, Kentucky
Attendees of this Tree City USA-sponsored event can witness the planting of 10 new trees and enjoy a presentation naming the winners of local student essay and coloring contests.

Party in the Parking Lot
11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 29
Sixth and Zero, 425 Main St.
Enjoy an Earth-centric party with vendor booths representing Emerald Design, Seton Harvest, Wesselman Woods, Darnell School Farms, Liquid Gold Honey, Dharma with Danni, 812 Thrift, Greathouse Grazing Acres, and the University of Southern Indiana.

Plant Detective, Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
April 17-29
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Red Bank, 120 S. Red Bank Road
Put on your thinking cap and help solve a mystery involving hidden plants during this free scavenger hunt that links last week’s Earth Day with Arbor Day.

Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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