Bellevue's annual Arbor Day-Earth Day celebration will be Saturday, April 20, 11 to 1 p.m., at Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd SE. The event will include several volunteer projects, a tree-planting ceremony and a family festival.
Community Ceremony, 11:30 a.m. to noon: A ceremonial tree planting ceremony will be held to commemorate the city's 22nd year of being recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Aaron Everett, Washington State Forester of the state Department of Natural Resources, City Council members and members of VFW Post 2995 are expected to participate.
Family Festival, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The event will feature a variety of free family activities and eco-demonstrations from several organizations, including: Bellevue Parks & Community Services Master Naturalists, Bellevue Utilities Stream Team, Cedar Grove Composting, Eastside Audubon Society, Eastside Heritage Center, King County Master Gardeners, Nature Vision, Republic Services and Sarvey Wildlife Rehabilitation.
Participants can get an Arbor Day-Earth Day Passport from a Bellevue park ranger and journey through Lewis Creek Park to the various eco-stations. After visiting each station, passports can be stamped, and completed passports can be turned in for a prize.
The event is sponsored by Bellevue Parks & Community Services, with support provided by Starbucks Coffee and Whole Foods Market Bellevue.
For more information about Arbor Day-Earth Day, contact Alexandra DySard at 425-452-4195.
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