In celebration of Arbor Day, Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation is partnering with Franklin Park Conservatory to provide fun, educational activities for the public. There are opportunities for attendees to learn about trees and discover why they are an essential part of our health and welfare. Our goal is to educate and encourage visitors to plant and care for trees in their area.
The event is being held on a Friday and Saturday each year. Ahlum & Arbor and Franklin Park Conservatory employees will be onsite making safety a priority while engaging the kids and adults in all of the activities. The event is free and open to the public. Bring your family and friends and enjoy some Arbor Day fun with us!
The Arbor Day partnership began in 2015 after Franklin Park Conservatory asked Ahlum & Arbor to be a part of the event. It was a success and a natural partnership. Over the past couple of years, the number of attendees has multiplied as more people are getting involved and learning about the arboricultural industry.
Each year, the activities are the prominent draw for the public. The most popular activity is tree climbing. Children and adults get to experience what it’s like to be an arborist first hand and climb a tree with the guidance and support of Ahlum & Arbor employees.
There are many other activities including an “Ask an Arborist” stand, root exploration with a demo, tree planting, tree ring counting, and tours of the equipment. Chris Ahlum gives informative speeches on topics like proper pruning methods and tree maintenance. Attendees also get free saplings and have a chance to win items like a pruning kit by entering a raffle.
The activities get the community engaged and participating in tree care. This radiates throughout the community as people incorporate what they’ve learned into their lives at home. The event has made arboricultural education accessible to the public, especially the youth. Most of the kids that attend the Arbor Day festivities are third graders. It’s an opportunity to get young minds thinking about tree care and the environment which will help with future tree preservation.
Bring your family and friends and enjoy some Arbor Day fun with us! We hope to see you there!