The Urbana Park District and the City of Urbana are announcing a Historic Tree Hunt taking place from Thursday, April 22 through Arbor Day on Friday, April 30, 2021. Folks can visit 15 historic and impressive trees near downtown Urbana. Each tree will have a Tree Tag attached to highlight the species of the tree, its story, and the ecological and economic benefits that tree provides.
Historic Tree Hunt maps can be picked up at the Phillips Recreation Center or you can download a digital copy using [this link]. Find a couple trees, or all 15! Share the fun with the Urbana Park District by taking a selfie with your favorite tree and posting on social media using the hashtag #smileandsaytrees!
Want to tag a tree in your yard or neighborhood? Blank Tree Tags can be downloaded and printed [here]. Follow the directions on the tag and calculate the benefits of the tree including stormwater runoff reduction, carbon reduction and property value increase.
Throughout the duration of the Tree Hunt the Urbana Park District’s Mobile Recreation Unit, Urvana, will be visiting various parks and neighborhoods tagging trees and celebrating Arbor Day. Free tree-themed activity kits and books will be given away to kids and local resources on tree planting will be available for adults.
On Arbor Day, students from DREAAM (Driven to Reach Excellence & Academic Achievement for Males) House are planting trees with the Urbana Park District and the City of Urbana outside of the Phillips Recreation Center. Students will also participate in a variety of Arbor Day activities including meeting an owl, counting tree rings, a proclamation from Mayor Diane Marlin and a special visit from Smokey the Bear!