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☷ Somerset County New Jersey - Somerset County Park Commission  to Give Away Trees at Arbor Day Event

☷ Somerset County New Jersey - Somerset County Park Commission to Give Away Trees at Arbor Day Event

Somerset County , state New Jersey
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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 , bird watching , cross country skiing and hiking .
   
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