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☷ Somerset County New Jersey - Somerset County Park Commission to Give Away Trees at Arbor Day Event
Somerset County , state New Jersey ( By Press Release office)
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SOMERVILLE , NJ –
In recognition of Arbor Day ,
the Somerset County Park Commission’s Environmental Education Center ( EEC ) and Colonial Park Gardens will be hosting Native Tree Give - Away events on
Friday , April 29
. At each event , a diverse selection of native trees and shrubs will be available , including twelve different species native to the Mid - Atlantic region of the United States . Trees will be given away free of charge on a first - come , first - serve basis until supplies last . The Park Commission will allot one tree per person and two trees per family .
Flyers with information about each native tree species , such as the expected height and optimal conditions for tree growth will be available at tables in the facilities , and horticulturists will be on site to answer questions .
Arbor Day Native Tree Give - Away Events , Dates , Times and Locations
The events occur on April 29 from 10:30 a . m . to 1:30 p . m . , at the following locations:
EEC is located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge . For more information , call 908 - 722 - 1200 ext . 5336 .
Colonial Park’s Perennial Garden is located in Parking Lot F on 156 Mettlers Road in Somerset ( Franklin Township ) . To learn more , call 908 - 722 - 1200 ext . 5721 .
To learn about activities sponsored by the Somerset County Park Commission , visit
www . somersetcountyparks . org
History of Arbor Day
Arbor Day became a legal holiday in the state of Nebraska in 1885 . By 1920 , 45 states had recognized the holiday , the tree - planting tradition became customary , and children were learning about the importance of trees in school . Today , fifty states celebrate Arbor Day as a national holiday , which usually occurs on the last Friday in April . However , some states declare Arbor Day on a different date in January through May depending on when the state’s best tree - planting weather occurs .
Sponsors of the Native Tree Give Away
Sponsors of the event include the Somerset County Park Foundation , the Go - Green Committee of the Somerset County Park Commission , the Bernards Township Shade Tree Commission , and the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign Partners .
Somerset County Park Foundation
The Somerset County Park Foundation is a non - profit 501c ( 3 ) created to preserve , support , and promote the Somerset County Park Commission’s programs , facilities , and open space through advocacy and fundraising .
Somerset County Park Commission
The Somerset County Park Commission stewards nearly 15 , 000 acres of county - owned open space , which is visited by 2 million park users each year . Five golf courses have three driving ranges , a pitch and putt course and a recreational putting course . Other attractions include a riding stable , an environmental education center , two tennis facilities , an outdoor pool , paddle boating , a rock and rare plant garden , an award - winning rose garden , an arboretum , and a sensory and fragrance garden . Six county parks offer amenities such as athletic fields , picnic facilities , bike paths , fishing , birdwatching , cross country skiing and hiking .
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