Arbor Day Events Begin April 23rd
Coeur d’Alene is planning several Arbor Day events during the week beginning April 23rd through April 28th.
All of the fourth grade students in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Lakeland school districts will be receiving tree seedlings. The seedlings were purchased with donations from the local timber industry companies, tree services, and nurseries. They will be individually packed and tagged by Arbor Day volunteers on Monday, April 23rd.
Along with the seedlings, the fourth grade students will receive an Arbor Day button. The designer of this year’s button, and winner of the Arbor Day Button Art Contest, is Marina Thaxton of Coeur d’Alene High School.
Tree seedlings will also be given out at the children’s programs at the Coeur d’Alene Library throughout the week. On Wednesday, April 25th, Katie Kosanke, Coeur d’Alene’s Urban Forestry Assistant, will be giving special pre-school and children’s programs about Arbor Day and the benefits of trees at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 27th is Idaho’s official Arbor Day. The Master Gardeners will celebrate by giving out free tree seedlings at the Hayden, Rathdrum, Post Falls, Spirit Lake, and Athol libraries.
Coeur d’Alene will be having a community-wide Arbor Day Celebration at North Pines Park (1015 E. Lunceford Lane) on Saturday, April 28th. It will start with the planting of several new park trees at 11:00 a.m. Those who want to help plant should bring gardening gloves and be dressed for outdoor work. A ceremony will be held at 11:40 a.m. The winners of the Arbor Day button art contest and poster contest will be recognized. Coeur d’Alene will also be presented with a Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation. This will be the 28th consecutive year of Tree City USA recognition for Coeur d’Alene.
At noon there will be a hot dog lunch, courtesy of Sun Valley Tree Service. There will also be a display of Arbor Day button and poster art, door prizes, and tree care information. Free tree seedlings will be given to all who attend. For more information, please contact Karen Haskew, Urban Forester, at 208/769-2266.