Keep Evansville Beautiful presents: Arbor Day Festivities at Wesselman Woods

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Come out to the Arbor Day celebration at Wesselman Woods on April 29th from 11am to 6pm. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Wesselman Woods, entry to the Nature Preserve will be free and there will also be a tree giveaway.

300 Native trees will be given away in celebration of Arbor Day

Keep Evansville Beautiful (KEB) is hosting another tree giveaway in celebration of Arbor Day this year. Native trees sourced from Bur Oak Tree Service and Nursery will be given away outside the main gate of Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve (WW) on Friday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., while supplies last. WW is located at 551 N. Boeke Road in Evansville, Indiana. This event is a partnership between KEB, WW, the Evansville Department of Urban Forestry, On the Spot Utility Resources LLC, and CenterPoint Energy.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will kick off Arbor Day with remarks at 11 a.m. followed by remarks from KEB. In honor of Arbor Day and WW’s 50th anniversary, all guests will receive free admission to the 200-acre nature preserve which is the largest urban, old-growth forest in the United States. Guests can also take part in special guided hikes from City Arborist, Shawn Dickerson, and WW Director of Natural Resources, Cindy Cifuentes. Hikes will take place at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. Self-guided hikes are also available at the front desk of the WW Nature Center.

Executive Director of KEB, Julie Welch says, “Keep Evansville Beautiful is proud to sponsor this tree giveaway for the community. Trees are at the root of human existence. They absorb carbon dioxide and release clean oxygen we need to thrive. Not only do they provide clean air but they provide shade on hot days. Their root systems help filter water, and they beautify areas where planted. That’s why it is so important that Evansville residents have the opportunity to help reduce their own carbon footprint and beautify their own spaces.”

City Arborist, Shawn Dickerson adds, “The City of Evansville has an initiative to increase canopy cover across the city, but can only plant trees in limited public locations, which is why we are working with our partners to help get trees planted across the city on private properties. This will help us increase canopy cover across the city, in turn, helping keep our city cooler during hot periods, reduce stormwater runoff, beautify our area, and provide great community health benefits.”

Additionally, Bloomington-based Sycamore Land Trust will host an Arbor Day tree giveaway at the Old National Bank Atrium in downtown Evansville. Sycamore Land Trust is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects Eagle Slough Natural Area in Evansville in addition to over 10,000 acres of land in southern Indiana, including over 30 miles of free public hiking trails. They will give away over 250 native tree seedlings, grown at the Indiana Department of Natural Resource’s Vallonia Tree Nursery. Available species include (while supplies last): American plum, black cherry, blackgum, common chokecherry, Chinkapin oak, pin oak, elderberry, hazelnut, gray dogwood, pawpaw, red oak, shagbark hickory, and Washington hawthorn, and more. These tree species were chosen for the benefits they provide to wildlife, including food and shelter.

For questions about KEB’s Arbor Day 2022, contact Executive Director, Julie Welch, at 812-425-4461 or via email at


Download the April 2022 Newsletter


  • Neighborhood Navigators – Jessica Simpson from Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce Board explains how her organization is assisting in bringing the WorkOne services closer to those who need them and how your organization can help.
  • Evansville YouthBuild Organization – Mendy Poole from YouthBuild reflects on the March General Meeting and how you can aid at risk youths in the area.
  • Clean Up Events – Including Vanderburgh County Solid Waste District Recycling Days.
  • Question & Answer Column – Going forward UNOE will include a question and answer column in the newsletter, please submit your questions to
  • Regional Transportation Guide – The Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization in partnership with the Regional Transit Advisory Committee has created a transportation guide for the area, including several surrounding counties.
  • Lasagna Gardening – Meagan Diss, Urban Agriculture Educator for the Purdue Extension, informs us how to use the lasagna gardening method.
  • Dumpster Grant Program – UNOE President Katie Coomes and Vice President Brent Jackson will be unveiling the program at the April General Meeting.
  • Amazon Smile – UNOE is now registered with Amazon as a non-profit, and purchase made with the link in the article will donate 0.5% to UNOE.
  • Facebook – UNOE is now registered with Facebook as a non-profit, allowing us to accept donations and create fundraisers on Facebook.
  • Get to Know Your Neighborhood CPO – Interview with Crime Prevention Officer Erik Belford.
  • Why Are CenterPoint Bills The Highest In The State? – Direct Action Against CenterPoint Energy provides data backed information about why our bills are so high, read the full document.
  • EWSU Spring Yard Waste Program – Evansville’s Spring Yard Waste Service begins April 4th and ends April 29th.
  • Financial Planning – Tips for identifying and preventing elder financial abuse.
  • Vanderburgh County Solid Waste District Recycling Events – See the events planned for this year.
  • EPD Coffee With A Cop – Provides the monthly schedule for Coffee with a Cop Events.
  • Robert’s Rules of Order – Interested in getting a copy of Robert’s Rules of Order to make your meetings run smoother.
  • UNOE Neighborhood App – Download the UNOE app to learn information about the neighborhoods in the area.

Why are CenterPoint bills now the highest in the State?

The below documents outline four reasons why we are paying the highest utility bills in Indiana. The documents were prepared by Direct Action Against CenterPoint Energy (DAACE), and you can find the full document at

EWSU’s Spring Yard Waste Service

The Evansville Water and Sewer Utility will start their Spring Yard Waste Pickup Service on April 4th and it will run until April 29th. Details provided in the below documents or they can be downloaded here. More information on the service is available at and their Seasonal Yard Care Collection is also available online. Additional questions should be directed to Ella Johnson-Watson at

Events and Meetings (3/29 – 4/4)

Below are the Neighborhood Association General Meetings and Events scheduled for this week 3/29/2022 – 4/4/2022

Before attending any meetings or event please confirm with the contacts the event is taking place. Additional event information can be found by following the links in Organization.

3/31Thursday9am – 2pmHomeless ConnectOld National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St.
4/2Saturday8am – 12pmVanderburgh County Solid Waste Districtold Walmart West, 4551 University Dr.
4/3Sunday6pm – 7pmBlue Grass/Pigeon5525 Heerdink Ln
4/4MondayN/AEWSU Spring Yard Waste Pickup BeginsN/A
6pm-7pmSouth DexterCall for Location

Vanderburgh County SWCD Pond Workshop

The Vanderburgh County Soil & Water Conservation District will be hosting a free Pond Workshop in partnership with the Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Posey and Warrick County.

Speakers will include Mike Wathen and Aquatic Control

The workshop will take place on Saturday April 2nd from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Vanderburgh County Fairground’s Banquet Hall, 201 E Boonville New Harmony Road, Evansville, IN 47725. Registration begins at 8:30am.

2 Category 5 (Aquatic Pest Management) CCH’s available.

To register call the number associated with your county by April 1st:
Vanderburgh County – 812-423-4426, ext 3
Posey County – 812-838-4191, ext 3
Warrick County – 812-897-2840, ext 3

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Events and Meetings (3/21 – 3/27)

Below are the Neighborhood Association General Meetings and Events scheduled for this week 3/21/2022 – 3/27/2022.

Before attending any meeting or event please confirm with the contacts the event is taking place. Additional event information can be found by following the links in Organization column.

3/21Monday6:30pmReitz HillForest Hills Baptist Church, 2800 Hartmetz Ave
6:30pmTepe ParkTepe Park Club House, 1212 South Garvin St
3/24Thursday6:30pmUNOEC.K. Newsome Center, 100 E Walnut St

UNOE March General Meeting

Mendy Poole, Program Director YouthBuild

UNOE February General Meeting
C.K. Newsome Community Center
Thursday, March 24, 2022
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Guest Speaker:
Mendy Poole, Program Director of Youth Build
View the full agenda.

Events and Meetings (3/14 – 3/20)

Below are the Neighborhood Association General Meetings and Events scheduled for this week 3/14/2022 – 3/20/2022

Before attending any meeting or event please confirm with the contacts the event is taking place. Additional event information can be found by following the links in Organization.

3/14Monday6:00pmBellemead-Bayard ParkEVPL East Branch, 840 East Chandler Ave.
6:30pmWesselman ParkNortheast Park Baptist Church, 1215 N Boeke Rd
3/15Tuesday6:30pmCCIAMount Olive Galilee Baptist Church, 825 Line Street
6:30pmJacobsvilleJacobsville Clubhouse, 120 East Florida Street
3/17Thursday6:00pmGlenwoodZion Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 S Governor Street
6:30pmWillemette VillageKeck Avenue Baptist Church, 1565 Keck Avenue

Helfrich Park Resumes Meetings April 4th

Helfrich Park would like to make a BIG announcement that we are going to have our FIRST MEETING of 2022. Come and meet the new CPO Officer Crystal Thomas for our area.

Officer Crystal Thomas

Mark your calendar for Monday, April 4th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the EVPL West Branch Library, 2000 West Franklin Street.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Lindsey Schenk, information can be found on the Helfrich page at:
Have a great rest of the month and see you on April 4th.