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Celebrate Arbor Day

 A s Arbor Day 2018 approaches, events and festivities to honor trees are blossoming around the Indianapolis area. Celebrate the official arrival of spring by visiting Conner Prairie, in Fishers, for Arbor Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 27.

Along with learning which trees are indigenous to Indiana from experts, early visitors may even get their own free tree to take home and plant, courtesy of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. Cost for this opportunity is included with general admission.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB), established in 1976, has helped plant 50,000-plus trees and engaged communities with programs and initiatives designed to create vibrant public spaces and to help area Hoosiers and nature thrive.

Also, residents are invited to take part in KIB’s April Great Indy Clean-Up from 8:30 a.m. to noon, April 28 in Indianapolis. The semi-annual event will focus on Bean Creek, Carson Heights, Garfield Park, Meridian-Raymond, Northwest Perry, Rosedale Hills, South Village and University Heights neighborhoods.

Further, the Keep Fishers Beautiful Initiative will comprise a day of service from 8 a.m. to noon, April 14, uniting area businesses, organizations and residents of all ages in honor of Arbor Day. There’ll also be group volunteer projects around the city and a city recycling day.

For more information about Arbor Day at Conner Prairie, call 317-776-6000 or visit ConnerPrairie.org. For updates about Arbor Day events or more information about Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, visit KIBI.org. Meeting location for the April Great Indy Clean-Up: 2345 Pagoda Dr., Indianapolis. For more information about Keep Fishers Beautiful, visit Fishers.in.us.

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