Every year, the Department of Natural Resources celebrates Arbor Day and Arbor Month. Arbor Day is the last Friday in April; this year it falls on April 29. Arbor Month is always May.
This year, the focus is on the health benefits of trees, as stated in their 2016 motto: Get your daily dose of trees for a healthy you and me. The DNR lists many of the ways tree contribute to a healthier environment.
- Reducing exposure to UV rays
- Reducing stressful noises by 50 percent
- Decreasing mental fatigue by relaxing and restoring the mind
- Reducing heat stroke and heat exhaustion by decreasing summer temperatures by up to 20 degrees
April 29 kicks off the celebration with free food, trees and giveaways at Three Links at Silver Lake Park in Rochester from 11am to 1pm.
The DNR is also partnering with RPU and the University of Minnesota Rochester. The “UMR Connects” speaker series will focus on the health benefits of trees and nature and will be presented every Tuesday throughout the month.
To close out the celebrations, the DNR is also taking part in the Med City Marathon on May 28.