2016 Arbor Day Expo & Tree Seedling Giveaway April 23

The Town of Wake Forest will host its annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 23, in the vicinity of the E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater, 701 Harris Road. The festivities will include the Arbor Day Expo and Tree Seedling Giveaway from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and a formal ceremony at 12:30 p.m.

During the tree seedling giveaway, Urban Forestry Board (UFB) members, town staff and volunteers will distribute 1,000 seedlings to area residents. Seedling varieties to be given away include Virginia Pine, Chickasaw plum, yellow poplar, crabapple, and white oak. Volunteers will be available to help residents decide which seedlings grow best in their respective yard conditions. For more information about the tree seedling giveaway, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/tree-seedling-giveaway.aspx.

The Arbor Day Expo is a family-friendly event featuring a variety of service-oriented civic groups, nonprofit organizations and other local associations that promote proper tree care, environmental stewardship and community service. 

As part of the expo, UFB members will distribute reusable “Tree City” cloth grocery bags and temporary tattoos for kids with the “Trees are Good” logo.

In addition, expo attendees can learn about and sign up for the Wake Forest Tree Stewards Volunteer Program. Children will have the opportunity to participate in various art activities, including building their own bird house, and take part in a special raffle prize drawing just for kids.

Lumpy’s Ice Cream will be on hand again this year selling delicious ice cream made from locally-sourced ingredients. Route Bistro, Mobile Cuisine’s 2015 Rookie Food Truck of the Year, will also be on site with delicious gourmet street food.

Guests who pick up an Arbor Day Expo raffle card and have it stamped at each booth will be entered in a special prize drawing to be held each hour. For more information about the expo, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/arbor-day-expo.aspx.

The day’s festivities will culminate with the Arbor Day Ceremony. During the program, Mayor Vivian Jones will accept Wake Forest’s 37th consecutive Tree City USA award and 16th Tree City USA Growth Award. Wake Forest Public Works Department and Wake Forest Power staff will also be presented with Wake Forest’s second Tree Line USA award.

Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to this year’s Arbor Day celebration in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s “Arbor Day” function. Designed to offer smart phone users instant access to important details about Arbor Day, the function includes a schedule of events and details about the expo and tree seedling giveaway.

IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the town’s free app by searching for “Town of Wake Forest” on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code provided at www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.

Complete details about the Wake Forest Arbor Day Celebration are also available on the town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/arbor-day.aspx.

In the event of inclement weather, the Arbor Day festivities may be moved inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St. For weather-related updates, call the Town of Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule changes.

For more information about this year’s Arbor Day celebration, contact Urban Forestry Coordinator Jennifer Rall at jrall@wakeforestnc.gov.

The Wake Forest Arbor Day Celebration is a Wake Forest Outdoors event. To view a complete listing of the town’s springtime events and activities, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Wake Forest Outdoors.”


About Arbor Day

Arbor Day is part of an annual nationwide campaign to promote the planting of trees. The event began in Nebraska in 1872 when newspaper journalist J. Sterling Morton proposed a tree-planting holiday to the State Board of Agriculture.

Although National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, individual state commemorations are scheduled on dates better suited to their own tree-planting seasons. North Carolina officially celebrates Arbor Day on the first Friday following March 15.

The Urban Forestry Board, formerly known as the Tree Board, was established in 1978 as an advisory committee to the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners. The nine-member committee oversees all planting in rights-of-way and on public property.

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