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Posted on: February 17, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Celebrate Arbor Day on April 30 at Acorn Hill Park

Celebrate Arbor Day! The City of Bowie will celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m. at Acorn Hill Park, located at the intersection of Stonybrook Drive and Sage Lane.  This year marks the 150th anniversary of the tree planter’s holiday, and we’re excited to celebrate with you! 

Arbor Day was officially proclaimed in 1874 by Nebraska’s Governor, Robert W. Furnas, and the day was observed April 10 that year. In 1885, Arbor Day was named a legal state holiday in Nebraska, and April 22 was selected as the date for its permanent annual observance.

Many other states also passed legislation to observe Arbor Day each year. By 1920, more than 45 states and territories were celebrating Arbor Day. And the tree planting tradition became prominent in schools across the nation in 1882, with schoolchildren learning about the importance of trees as well as receiving a tree to plant in their own yard.

Today Arbor Day is celebrated in all 50 states. And while Nebraska City, NE, is the official birthplace of the Arbor Day holiday, communities around the globe gather every year to celebrate trees and plant for a greener tomorrow.

In the last 50 years, the Arbor Day Foundation has planted and distributed nearly 500 million trees in more than 50 countries around the world to fight global issues facing humankind.  

Come out and enjoy the City of Bowie’s Arbor Day event, on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 10 a.m.

  • City of Bowie Proclamation
  • Memorial Tree Recognition
  • Arbor Day Tree Dedication

Light refreshments will be provided.

 Need more information? Please contact Rick Kellner, Superintendent, City of Bowie Parks and Grounds, 301-809-3061 or

"One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people". (US Department of Agriculture)

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