January 15, 2015 from 5 pm to 7 pm
Central Park Downtown Winter Haven, FL
The first 200 participating households receive trees!
National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates according to their best tree-planting times.
It has been over 135 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. Discover ideas on how to celebrate Arbor Day in your community.
It has been over 135 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. Discover ideas on how to celebrate Arbor Day in your community. History of Arbor Day.
Check the map below to find out when your state or territory observes Arbor Day.
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While the national Arbor Day observance is celebrated on the last Friday in April, many states have implemented state-recognized Arbor Days that reflect the best time for planting in their region. Celebrating Arbor Day helps educate the public about the value of trees. Florida and Louisiana kick off the year with state wide-celebrations on the third Friday in January. With Arbor Day approaching, we take a look back at some of Florida’s Tree City USA Arbor Day observances.
Winter Haven, FL
10 Days Until Arbor Day in Winter Haven, FL
Are you ready for the Winter Haven 2015 Arbor Day celebration? The first 200 participating households receive trees!
Escambia County Extension, the Escambia County Community and Environment Department and the City of Pensacola will be hosting an Arbor Day celebration and tree giveaway event on Friday, January 16, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bayview Senior Center, 2001 East Lloyd Street, Pensacola.
To obtain a free tree, clients must participate in a 10 minute tree-based educational session that will include site selection, proper planting, watering and general care and maintenance. Two tree species will be offered, willow oak and dahoon holly, in one gallon containers. One tree per client.
Punta Gorda is not only a Tree City USA, but also recipient of the 2013 Arbor Day Celebration Award. Award winners are recognized for their leadership in the cause of tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship. The city of 17,000 led a tree planting event involving 300 Punta Gorda first graders. The students learned firsthand the vital role trees play in communities.
The city has also been recognized with the prestigious Tree City USA Growth Award for the past 10 years for its continued progress in community forestry. Punta Gorda serves as a leading model of what cities of all sizes can achieve when they make urban forestry a community priority.
As part of an annual tradition, Orange County, Florida celebrated Arbor Day last year with a tree planting ceremony in front of the County Administration Center. In attendance were the members of the Board of County Commissioners.
Mayor Teresa Jacobs encouraged every Orange County resident to plant a tree to benefit their community and future generations.
Last year the city of Miami planted 100 trees along residential streets. The city partnered with local organizations including The Miami Children’s Initiative, Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Citizens for a Better South Florida, Operation Green Leaves, and Tremendous Miami.
The city has a goal of increasing its tree canopy to 30% by 2020 through its Tree Master Plan, adopted by the Miami City Commission in 2007. The city implemented the “Green Miami Campaign” to encourage neighborhood groups and individuals to plant trees and preserve the city’s tree canopy.
Tampa celebrated Arbor Day by planting three American Elm trees in MacFarlane Park with the help of MacFarlane Elementary School students. The city’s Tree-mendous Tampa Program was established in 1997 to enhance neighborhoods and help sustain Tampa’s urban forest and shade canopy.
Cities aren’t the only ones with a focus on tree-plantings. The Florida Forest Service is also a recipient of the 2013 Arbor Day Award. The Florida Forest Service was honored with the Forest Lands Leadership Award, in respect to its contribution to conservation and land stewardship. The Florida Forest Service plants millions of trees every year, manages complex ecosystems, and has been aggressive in combating forest fires. Floridians are setting a great example in growing awareness of the importance of environmental conservation.
Tampa has received Tree City USA designation for 32 years and was awarded the Growth Award three times.
Tampa FL is Located on the Gulf Coast, Tampa offers locals and visitors an array of outdoor attractions. Whether it’s a day at the beach or an afternoon bike ride through the city, Tampa is a hub for outdoor exploration.
It’s a good thing Tampa has an impressive urban forest to shade its city through the more than 100 days of sunshine it soaks in every year, with a tree canopy coverage of 28% and more than 7.8 million trees throughout the city.
Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the fresh air, thanks to the 1,360 tons of air pollution the urban forest removes annually, saving the city $6.3 million. In addition, the shade the tree canopy provides equates to more than $4,000,000 in energy conservation.
The benefits Tampa’s urban forest provides to the city are so great that the urban forest is valued at $1,465,600,097.
The official Florida Arbor Day is right around the corner and Naples Zoo will be celebrating this event early on Saturday, January 3, 2015 – a Collier County Free Saturday. We will have partners from various local organizations on hand to share information about the value of trees and great native choices for local landscapes. In addition, Davey Tree will have tree climbing demonstrations in Rainforest Grove and answer your tree care questions
Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens
2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd.
Port Saint Lucie FL 34952