Celebrate Arbor Day April 27 with Family Fun at Asbury Woods

Lots of fun activities for families at this event to celebrate trees

By Macaroni KID April 18, 2024

Asbury Woods invites families to join the fun on Arbor Day, Saturday, April 27, for an afternoon filled with engaging activities that celebrate our natural world, especially trees! This event is part of Asbury Woods' "Year of Trees" initiative and is generously sponsored by J. Thomas Tree Service and supported by the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods, 4105 Asbury Road, Erie, PA 16506
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Activities for the Whole Family:

  • Tree Identification: Learn how to identify different trees in our landscape.
  • Measure the Impact: Engage with hands-on activities to measure and understand the carbon absorption of trees.
  • Hardwood vs. Softwood: Discover the differences between these two types of wood through interactive samples.
  • Create a Tree Cookie: Decorate and take home a unique slice of Asbury Woods as a keepsake.
  • Tree Hikes: Join a 45-minute guided hike to explore the diverse tree species at Asbury Woods.
  • Tree Giveaway: Get a free tree from the ReLEAF initiative and help reach the goal of planting 275,000 trees in Erie County.

The Grandfather Tree is a red oak estimated to be more than 175 years old. Visit this majestic tree next time you are at Asbury Woods!

Why Trees? Why Now?

Jennifer Farrar, Executive Director of Asbury Woods, explains, "Trees are not just a part of our landscape but the heart of our community’s ecosystem. This year, we focus on trees to enhance community awareness about their vital role in urban beautification, wildlife attraction, erosion control, and climate moderation. We hope to inspire the community to appreciate, protect, and nurture these crucial natural assets."

About Arbor Day:

Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, a Nebraska newspaper editor. Morton was a respected agriculturalist fascinated with trees, he planted numerous trees on his estate. By the 1920s, each state had passed laws that stipulated a certain day to be state Arbor Day. On this day, Americans are encouraged to plant trees, bushes and plants and care for their national environment.

Gather your family and head to Asbury Woods on Saturday, April 27, to plant the seeds of nature appreciation and environmental stewardship in your children. Let's dig in, have fun, and plant a tree for a greener tomorrow!