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