How To Celebrate Arbor Day In Bergen

Find out where to pick up free seedlings and celebrate all things trees this weekend.
Man Buying Trees At A Garden Store In Springtime


Bergen County parks and open lands were teeming with life last weekend, as so many families took to the outdoors for Earth Day. But why not keep up the momentum of caring for and embracing the environment? After all, there are plenty of programs this weekend to close out Earth Month and commemorate the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, April 29.

Arbor Day is the national holiday created to recognize the importance of trees. In Bergen County, many towns have been rewarded with a “Tree City USA” designation by the Arbor Day Foundation, noting their dedication to tree growth and maintenance. To help you get involved in Arbor Day, some municipalities have teamed up with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to give away a limit of five free tree seedlings to residents wishing to plant some in their own yards.

Here is a list of participating towns with times residents can pick up new tree seedlings:

  • Ho-Ho-Kus: April 29, 4 p.m. at Borough Hall
  • Paramus: April 30, 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the bandshell behind the public library and at the Paramus High School parking lot
  • River Edge: April 29, 2 p.m. at the public library
  • Washington Township: April 30, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Department of Public Works building

Bergenites looking for other ways to celebrate Arbor Day can attend Rutherford Tree Fest 2022 from noon to 5 p.m. on April 30. The event, held at Lincoln Park in Rutherford, is free with activities for the entire family: educational booths, crafts, vendors, food trucks, live music and more.

What are you doing to celebrate Mother Nature this month? DM us or tag us on Instagram @bergenmagnj.

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