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Edmond’s Arbor Week Celebration takes place the last full week in March, with multiple socially distanced opportunities for Edmond residents to participate in. The Urban Forest Scavenger Hunt is a family-friendly, educational activity that Edmond residents can take part in, with prizes available. Beginning March 22, participants can visit up to fourteen stations located near trees in public spaces such as Downtown Edmond and local parks. An entry may be submitted at each station visited until April 22 for a chance to win prizes, offered weekly, and drawings for two grand prizes at the end.
In lieu of the annual Arbor Day Tree Planting, the City of Edmond will host a tree distribution on Saturday, March 27, from 9 AM to noon at Pelican Bay Aquatic Center (1034 S Bryant Ave). 525 trees will be available in sizes ranging from 1 to 3-gallon containers, and species will include Exclamation plane tree, Princeton elm, sweet gum, sawtooth oak, weeping willow, parrotia, Bracken’s Brown Beauty magnolia, Ivory Silk tree lilac, and Holmstrup arborvitae. Participants are asked to bring a copy of their Edmond utility bill to show proof of residence. Due to COVID-19, customers picking up a tree are also asked to stay in their vehicles and wear a mask/face covering. Volunteers will be wearing masks and taking safety precautions.
In partnership with the Downtown Edmond Business Association, tree seedlings will be available for pick up from Downtown Edmond businesses during Arbor Week, beginning on March 22. Participating businesses include Silver Leaf Gems, Broadway Antiques, Nelson Law, Edmond Outlook, Fields Jewelry, Evoke, Nashbird, The Coop, Rumors Salon, Autoworks, Essence of Nature, Weathers TV, Frenzy Brewing, Bison Creek Clothing, and Oklahome Homebuilders.
The Edmond Arbor Day Art Contest for fifth graders has taken place again this year, utilizing the theme of “Trees in Our Town”. First through third place and an honorable mention from each of 18 participating public and private schools will be showcased in the “Arbor Day Art Show” at the Edmond Historical Museum (431 S. Boulevard) from March 12 through April 25. The Edmond Visual Arts Commission has selected the overall first, second and third place “Best of Show” from the 18 school winners.
This year’s Arbor Week sponsors include the City of Edmond, Edmond Urban Forestry Commission, Edmond Historical Society and Museum, Edmond Public Schools, Edmond Electric, Citizens Bank of Edmond, and Downtown Edmond Business Association.
The Urban Forestry Department encourages all Edmond residents to celebrate Oklahoma Arbor Week by planting trees at their homes for energy savings, beautification, erosion prevention, wildlife habitat, and numerous other reasons. The month of March is a great time to plant trees, while roots are growing but tree buds are still dormant. For more information about planting trees or Arbor Week activities, please visit https://edmondok.com/arborweek, https://facebook.com/edmondurbanforestry, or contact Leigh Martin at email@example.com.