LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Arbor Day was started to help promote the planting of trees. While it's a national holiday, it's celebrated on different dates in each state.
In Lake Charles, the 4th annual Arbor Day event will take place Saturday, March 14 at Tuten Park.
In Louisiana, Arbor Day is typically celebrated the third week of January. However, Irvin Louque the Environmental Coordinator with the Tuten Park board says, "It depends what state you're in because it's based on when it's best to plant a tree."
Arbor Day organizers say festivities will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.
"Different environmental groups from the area... different local schools and groups from the community are going to come out and share with the public what they do and how people can promote trees and celebrate nature in their own backyards as well," added Louque.
Attendees will also have a chance to receive one of 500 bare root seedlings they're giving away this year, so you can plant your own tree at home.
"Trees provide habitat for all sort's of wildlife, birds, butterflies and caterpillars... They provide us with oxygen and take in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. And they liven up the community," said Louque.
The event is open to everyone and there's no charge to attend.
The following is a news release from the City of Lake Charles:
The City of Lake Charles and Friends of Tuten Park are sponsoring an Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Tuten Park, 3801 Nelson Rd.
The free event will include games, entertainment, educational projects and fun hands-on activities for kids and the entire family.
The Coastal Plain Conservancy will be giving away free tree seedlings. Inside the educational building, Dr. Juliana Hinton, Associate Professor at McNeese State University, will conduct a science lesson on microorganisms found in the soil.