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Tree Week

Metro East Tree Week

April 22-30, 2021

From Earth Day to Arbor Day, HearLands Conservancy will be celebrating trees in a BIG way! During Metro East Tree Week we will spread the message far and wide about the benefits trees provide. There will be activities for people of all ages, including socially-distant, in-person, and virtual options. Throughout the week, HeartLands Conservancy will also be giving away over 1000 trees to local communities and individuals.

Tree Week Event Highlights:

April 25 – Healing Forest Walk

Forest therapy walks take you away from your day to day stressors into a relationship with nature. In forest therapy, the forest is the therapist and the guide helps you slow down and connect with the forest. Also called Shinrin-Yoku or forest bathing, the benefits have been researched and shown to include lowered cortisol (the stress hormone), lowered blood pressure, and improved immune function. The enjoyable walk is about 1 mile and usually lasts about 3 hours. The walk will be guided by Keri Luly, who has been trained and certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Registration is required and limited.

April 27 – Storytime with Jennifer Ward “The Busy Tree”

Metro-East resident, Jennifer Ward is the author of more than 25 award-winning nonfiction and fiction books for children and adults.Tune in to listen to her read her book THE BUSY TREE, which chronicles the many ways a tree works as a habitat for a variety of species, from roots to treetop.

April 28 – Ask an Arborist Webinar

Does that tree in your yard look funny? Are you wondering if it’s time for a good prune? Are bugs bad? Which trees are the best? Tune into this webinar to ask a local, certified arborist all your tree related questions.

April 30 – Arbor Day Volunteer planting day at Exploration Garden at Clinton Hills

Celebrate Arbor Day by joining HLC at the Exploration Garden at Swansea Clinton Hills to help plant the Tribute Tree Grove. Trees in this new woodland area have been purchased in honor or memory of someone or something important to the buyer. Anyone is welcome to come help plant the trees. Bring shovels, boots, and gloves are recommended. Tribute Trees are available for sale through April 22, see the plant sale webpage for more information or ordering.

Trees for Communities and Individuals:

Invasive Exchange: Cut down those invasive Bradford Pear Trees and Burning Bushes from your yard. Submit a form and photo of your dead tree to receive a free replacement tree or shrub. Must pick up April 24 in Collinsville. 

Community Trees:

Free trees for communities and community organizations for planting in public places. Form available online.

Tribute Trees:

Honor a special person in your life with a Tribute Tree in the Exploration Garden at Swansea Clinton Hills Conservation Park. Tribute Trees will be planted on April 30. The public is invited to attend/plant.

Cost: $100 Availability: 50