Celebrating Arbor Day in the City of Trees 

Considering Boise is nicknamed The City of Trees—a moniker derived from the root of the city's name, the French word bois or "wood"—it's no surprise that both city officials and local groups will be celebrating Arbor Day on Friday, April 27. If you're still stumped (pun intended) on how to spend your time on the holiday that revolves around planting and promoting trees, here are a few ideas close to home:

Idaho State Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Planting
At 10 a.m. on April 27, State Controller Brandon D. Woolf will preside over the ceremonial planting of a Kwanzan cherry tree in Capitol Park. The winners of the Idaho Forest Product Commission's student photo contest (grades 5-12) in honor of Arbor Day will also pick up their cash prizes at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Arbor Day Blue Spruce Seedlings Giveaway
The Idaho Forest Product Commission, which manages both public and private forests in the Gem State, will also promote tree planting by giving away free 1-year-old Blue Spruce seedlings in Idaho, Washington and Oregon. The trees, provided by the University of Idaho, will be up for grabs while supplies last at the State Arbor Day Celebration, Home Depot, Mountain West Bank locations, Whole Foods and the Boise Co-op on Arbor Day. Check the IFPC website for details.

Idaho Native Plant Society Annual Native Plant Sale
The Arbor Day spirit doesn't have to end when the day itself is over. While the holiday is all about trees, it's also a reminder to show appreciation for the greater variety of plants nature provides, and there's nowhere better to do it than at the Idaho Native Plant Society plant sale. On Saturday, April 28, the day after Arbor Day, INPS will put hundreds of native plants up for sale at the Idaho Fish and Game MK Nature Center. Plus, the sale coincides with the center's Spring Wildlife Celebration from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., which includes activities for kids like making beaver dams and replicating animal tracks, live demonstrations and more for a $3 entry fee. All proceeds from the event and sale will go back to the center's educational programs, so with a nod to mother nature it's a win-win-win. 

Happy planting!

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