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Celebrate Arbor Day in Louisville with TreeFest

Take nature hikes, learn how to identify tree species, and take home a free sapling to plant in your yard on Saturday, April 13.

A young person climbs a rock wall, surrounded by trees.

See the world the way trees do atop a rock climbing wall, part of the Treefest festivities.

Image via WHAS11

This weekend, make like a tree and leaf (the house) to celebrate Arbor Day — a couple of weeks early — with the third annual TreeFest on Saturday, April 13 at Petersburg Park (5008 E. Indian Trail).

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., TreeFest will include educational events rooted in experiencing nature. Learn about butterflies with a show-and-tell from Idlewild Butterfly Farm at 12 p.m. Then, lace up your hiking shoes to learn about tree species with a Tree ID hike at 12:30 or 1:30 p.m., as well as a family nature hike at 2 p.m. led by local naturalist Jacob Crider.

Freshly planted tree saplings sprout from the ground.

Last year, Treefest volunteers planted 200 trees and gave away 400 more.

Image via WHAS11

There will be other activities throughout the day where you can:

  • Climb to new heights with a rock wall area + tree-climbing area for kids
  • Tie one on with a knot-tying workshop from Arb Werks
  • Snack on grub from POCO 502, Made in Brazil, and Tommy’s Pizza food trucks
  • Sip beer from West Sixth Brewing, Falls City Brewing + wine from Old 502 Winery
  • Listen to live music from the Louisville String Band Jazz with Aaron Bibelhauser, Blakeley Burger, Steve Cooley and Mikle Schroeder
  • Learn from educational booths featuring the Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability, Jefferson Memorial Forest, kNOwaste Louisville, and more
  • Shop green vendors, including Doodle Daisy Handmade Gifts, Strange Design Woodworking & Art, and honey from Cave Hill Cemetery & Aboretum + more
  • Make like Johnny Appleseed and take home a free tree from Trees Louisville to plant in your own yard, including species like river birch, American hornbeam, sycamore, serviceberry, and bur oak

Volunteers will be planting trees throughout the park all day. Register if you’d like to branch out and lend a hand — lunch will be provided.