Nebraska Arbor Day celebration planned April 29-May 1 |

Nebraska Arbor Day celebration planned April 29-May 1

J. Sterling Morton, the Founder of Arbor Day, called Nebraska City, Neb., home. The holiday began there, over 130 years ago, because Mr. Morton and his wife, Caroline, loved trees so much that they wanted to plant them all over their estate and throughout the Nebraska countryside. As the Secretary of Agriculture under Grover Cleveland, Morton was instrumental in formally establishing the national (now international) holiday.

As home to internationally-celebrated Arbor Day, Nebraska City takes its beautiful trees seriously, and 2011 will mark their 139th Annual Arbor Day Celebration. Join them in celebrating on April 29-May 1, 2011.

The annual Arbor Day Celebration features children’s educational activities, craft show, free trees, a 5K or 10K run/walk, plant sale, a parade, all-you-can-eat chili cook-off, commemorative tree plantings, special award ceremonies, and the Discovery Ride at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure. Don’t miss the live music and tree-climbing demonstrations too.

For more information on the Arbor Day celebration, contact Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce at (402) 873-6654 or their website at:

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