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Arbor Day Event

11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday April 24

Help Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) celebrate Arbor Day, April 24, and learn the importance of tree planting, conservation, minimizing your carbon footprint and being green. Arbor Day celebrations and informational opportunities will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the College Union in the Main Building on the OCCC Campus.


Arbor Day Activities at OCCC – Win T-Shirts and More

·        Take the carbon footprint assessment, pledge to help eliminate waste and get a free Arbor Day t-shirt (while they last).

·        Bring 25 plastic bags/sacks for recycle and get a green, re-usable grocery bag in exchange (while they last).

·        Bring your empty plastic water bottles from home and learn the importance of the Dream Machines found all over the OCCC campus

·        Pick up OCCC Tree Campus USA information

·        Let the kids participate in the children’s art contest

·        Learn tips on how to become more “green”

·        Get tree saplings with planting instructions

·        Purchase a 2013 Earth Day t-shirt




Arbor Day Facts:

·        The first Arbor Day took place in April of 1872 in Nebraska.

·        Arbor Day was brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), a Nebraska journalist and politician who worked to improve agricultural techniques

·        Morton strongly believed the prairie needed more trees to:

…act as a windbreaker 
…help the soil retain moisture, and 
…provide sufficient lumber for the future building of homes and businesses

·        Nebraska's first Arbor Day was a success with more than one million trees planted

·        Arbor Day became a National Holiday in 1970 when President Richard Nixon proclaimed the last Friday in April as National Arbor Day. 


Top 10 Reasons Why Trees are Important


1. Trees produce oxygen

2. Trees clean the soil

3. Trees act as noise barriers

4. Trees slow storm water runoff

5. Trees are carbon sinks

6. Trees clean the air

7. Trees shade and cool

8. Trees act as windbreaks

9. Trees fight soil erosion

10. Trees increase property values


What Arbor Day Actions Can You Take

For the homeowner, Arbor Day is an excellent times to take stock of the trees on your property and plan for the future. Inspect your trees, prune the ones with broken branches and remove those with evidence of disease or insect infestation. Think about planting new trees to improve the look of your property and provide wind or heat protection.  Walk around your neighborhood. Are there public areas where tree planting or tree maintenance might make a difference to your community?  Talk with your neighbors, find tree-planting options, make a trip to the nursery and work together on making your community alive, fresh and clean.


For more information about Arbor Day celebrations at OCCC, please contact Chris Snow at (405) 682-7575, or

Where: Oklahoma City Community College
Phone: 682-1611
Address: 7777 S. May
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