Join the Chicago Park District at the Arbor Day Celebration at Jackson Park's Wooded Island April 30
Thousands trees call Chicago’s parks their home. This year, the Chicago Park District will be celebrating those trees at the Arbor Day Celebration at Jackson Park’s Wooded Island (just south of Museum of Science and Industry)on Saturday, April 30 from noon until 2 p.m. The event is free for families with children 12 and under. Registration is required by calling 312.742.4914.
“This great new event will help underscore the importance of trees for healthy communities while celebrating the many trees that reside in our parks,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent Tim Mitchell.
Participants will learn to identify some common Chicago trees on a nature walk around Wooded Island. While supplies last, attendees will be given a sapling to plant in their very own yard. Participants will also be making tree cookie nametags, reading “The Giving Tree”, making leaf and bark rubbings in a journal for take home tree identification guides, and discover the history of Wooded Island.
This year the United Nations (UN) General Assembly has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to bolster efforts to promote sustainable management, conservation and development of forests worldwide. In 2011, the U.S. Forest Service – in partnership with the Chicago Park District and other organizations nationally -- will host/coordinate many activities to celebrate the International Year of Forests.