Arbor Day

City of Elkhart
30th Annual Arbor Day Celebration!

Tree City USA

Please check this page for updates as event details are finalized.
Information is subject to change.
Date:    Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time:    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:    Elkhart Environmental Center

Free trees! *

* While supplies last

Stop by the visitor's center to check out our LIVE updating map! As visitors pick up their free trees, you can see where the different trees will be planted. You can check out a map of tree planting locations from past Arbor Day tree giveaways HERE.

Spring Plant Exchange

Mix things up! Bring your perennials, shrubs, trees, and bulbs to the EEC and exchange them with other gardeners. Plants must be healthy, potted in soil, and properly watered. 

Guided Tree Hikes

Take a pleasant stroll through our trails and learn about trees! Hikes will be offered throughout the event, and will last from 20-30 minutes. At 11:30 AM there will be a special scavenger hunt hike for kids!

Kids' Activities

Our Learning Loft has games, puppets, books, and crafts for the kids. At 11:00 AM Mayor Neese will be reading "The Lorax" and right afterward at 11:30 AM there will be special scavenger hunt hike for kids on our trails!

City Department Booths

Departments from the City of Elkhart will be available to teach you more about trees! Check out our Aquatics booth by the river and see some cool fish, chat with one of our city's engineers, or visit with our Parks Department! 

Volunteer for Arbor Day!
Volunteer Opportunities are available for this event, and will continue to be updated in the coming months. Please click the link below to be redirected to our online volunteer sign-up on For questions or more information, please email or call (574) 293-5070.

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 Arbor Day Sponsors

Thank you to our generous community sponsors! With them, we are able to give away hundreds of free trees every year! 

Interested in sponsoring a popular community event? Looking for a way to give back to the community? Partner with the Elkhart Environmental Center for our 2018 Arbor Day! Together, we can make Elkhart a greener, healthier city for all citizens. Please consider making a donation in support of Arbor Day and the Elkhart community!
Click here for information about sponsoring Arbor Day!

City Forest Level Sponsors


Tree Level Sponsors

Homan Lumber

Johnson Hardware

Sapling Level Sponsors 

American Structurepoint

Jones Petrie Rafinski

Lochmueller Group

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