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Arbor Day


The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The next best time is now.
— Proverb

St. Charles Arbor Day Celebration: Friday, April 27, 2018

The City of St. Charles Natural Resources Commission invites you to the 2018 Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 27th at 4:00 p.m. in Lincoln Park, located on Main Street west of Route 31. This annual event features art, music, a tree raffle, free perennial giveaways, tree care demonstrations, educational materials for homeowners and special tree related programs. 

2018 marks the City's 20th year as a Tree City USA community! Everyone is invited to celebrate this milestone with artwork, music, sculpture, dance or however you choose to express yourself.  Have fun and be creative.  Entries will be on display in April at the St. Charles Municipal Building, 2 East Main Street, and at the Arbor Day Celebration April 27 in Lincoln Park.  All ages are welcome to participate, and entrants will be recognized at the Arbor Day festivities. 

Please mail or drop off your creative work by April 9, 2018 to: City of St. Charles, ATTN:  Arbor Day 2018 - Public Works, 2 East Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174.  Please include your name, address, and phone number with your entry.  For  information contact Public Works at 630-377-4405 or via email at

The St. Charles Natural Resources Commission is comprised of volunteers who serve to preserve our Community's trees as a valuable natural asset, in support of the City's mission: Heritage, Community, Service, Opportunity.

See you on Arbor Day!


Tree City USASt. Charles Is a Tree City USA community, recognized for its commitment and care of trees.  Our City meets the standards of a "Tree City USA” community by having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.


The first Arbor Day was held in 1872 after Julius Sterling Morton proposed that a day be set aside encouraging everyone to plant trees.  On the first Arbor Day, 1 million trees were planted in the state of Nebraska where Morton lived at the time.  Julis Sterling Morton was also the father of Joy Morton who founded the Morton Arboretum. 


updated Aug 27, 2018