Arbor Day
Arbor Day has been celebrated annually in the U.S. since 1872, when it was established to encourage farmers and homesteaders to plant trees that would provide shade, shelter, food, fuel, and beauty to open areas. These values of trees are still recognized today, thus modern celebrations of Arbor Day still promote tree planting and tree care education.

The Town of Penfield will be observing Arbor Day this year on April 20th from 10 AM to 12:30 PM at the Penfield Community Center, located at 1985 Baird Road.

Residents and community groups are invited to attend the celebration and participate in the FREE native shrub giveaway, which is being sponsored by the Town’s Energy and Environmental Conservation Committee.

The giveaway is first come, first served, and will continue while supplies last. No advance registration is required. Available shrubs include:
An Electric Vehicle (EV) show will also take place until 2 PM featuring EVs from private owners, dealers, and New York State Electric Auto Association members, who have partnered with Greater Rochester Clean Cities Coalition and the Town of Penfield to host the event. Those interested in displaying their EV as part of the show can register here.

Town Supervisor Jeff Leenhouts will proclaim the day’s events in pursuit of the Town's Tree City USA status and the Mayor's Monarch Pledge while recognizing the sustainability benefits of EVs.

Tree City USA Community
The Arbor Day Celebration will play a vital role in advancing the Town of Penfield's pursuit of recognition as a Tree City USA community, a significant objective set forth by the Penfield Town Board. Established by the Arbor Day Foundation in 1976, the Tree City USA program aims to foster greener and healthier communities throughout the United States. Over its first 50 years, the Arbor Day Foundation has facilitated the planting of over 500 million trees. Their ambitious next target is to achieve the same milestone within five years, capitalizing on their extensive network comprising individuals, municipalities, corporations, and planting organizations. This collective effort enables them to plant trees across the globe, furthering their mission of environmental stewardship and sustainable growth.

By achieving recognition as a Tree City USA community, Penfield will actively contribute to this ambitious objective and may become eligible for exclusive forestry grants and other programs offered by the Arbor Day Foundation. Additional requirements for attaining Tree City USA status entail the establishment of a dedicated tree board or department, adoption of a community tree ordinance, and allocation of a minimum of $2 per capita towards urban forestry initiatives.