Encinitas Arbor Day: Saturday, May 16

    If the springtime sunshine makes you want to flex your green thumb, come help the City of Encinitas and Cardiff 101 Main Street Association plant trees at the Encinitas Community Park for the annual Arbor Day celebration, Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to noon.
     
    The two groups are partnering to host this year’s event, which aims to educate the public about the many benefits of trees, such as how they help absorb storm water runoff that can be harmful to ocean wildlife, fight climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, reduce energy usage by providing natural shade—and of course, beautify city streets and parks.
     
    Arbor Day originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska, 142 years ago by Julius Sterling Morton and his wife, Caroline, both lovers of nature. The day is dedicated annually to public treeplanting in the United States.
     

    During the celebration, the public will be invited to plant 28 trees in four of Encinitas’ beautiful parks. Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar and San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts will commence the event at 9 a.m. After that, everyone will be invited to break into groups and help plant trees alongside professional arborists, who will also do an educational demo for children.

    “This celebration will be a day of building community, and residents can watch the trees they plant grow over the years as they visit the park. This is a wonderful opportunity to help establish something at the new park that will benefit Encinitas for generations to come, and we’re delighted and honored to be a part of it,” said Cardiff 101 Executive Director Tess Radmill.

    Event highlights include children’s art activities and story time, light refreshments, and informational booths, giveaways and opportunity drawings courtesy of the following event sponsors: SDG&E, West Coast Arborist, The Wishing Tree Company, San Diego County Urban Forest Council, Cal Fire, Anderson’s La Costa Nursery, Village Nurseries, Davey Tree Services, Davey Resource Group, and Western ECI. The first 125 people at the celebration will also receive goody bags. 

    Though the main event will be anchored at Encinitas Community Park, the public is also invited to help plant three trees at Cottonwood Creek Park, five trees at Sun Vista Neighborhood Park and two trees at Wiro Park as part of the celebration.  Volunteers will then split up in groups alongside a tree steward and head out to the various parks to plant trees.

    Everyone is encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes and hats to the event. Water supply will be available, but everyone is asked to bring his or her own water bottle.

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