Arbor Day 2014

Arbor Day is the annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. Holden will celebrate with a weekend filled with activities, as well as a Scientist Lecture and story times for children held at regional libraries.



Friday, April 25 (see scheduled activities)

Saturday, April 26, 10am - 4pm

Sunday, April 27, 10am - 4pm



Corning Visitor Center


In celebration of Arbor Day, admission to Holden is free all weekend.


Celebration Activities

Great Lakes Timber ShowReturning This Year – Great Lakes Timber Show

The Great Lakes Timber Show show features chainsaw carving, axe throwing, wood chopping, one and two-man crosscut sawing, modified chain sawing, log rolling and loads of fun.


Enjoy this fascinating display and learn more about the important role lumberjacks play in forest and tree management through selective harvesting.




Friday, April 25

10am Ceremonial tree planting - Turkey oak near the Corning Visitor Center parking lot
10am Tree seedling give-away - white pine

Join Marian Williams, manager of information services, to learn about "Trees, What Are They Worth.” We will view and talk about a small exhibit in the hedge collection similar to our exhibit at this year's Home and Garden show. This will be followed by a walk to appreciate some of Holden's trees.

7-9 pm

Arbor Day Lecture:  “Greatest Hits of Morris Arboretum’s International Plant Exploration" by Paul Meyer, Director at Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa.

The lecture is free, but please register.


Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27

10am Tree seedling giveaway - white pine
10am-4pm Kids tree climbing demonstrations by Red Oak Camp

Kids crafts and activities:                                                                                                  

  • tree scavenger hunt  - new route
  • White Pine seed planting   
  • Sun Catcher craft
10am-4pm Portable sawmill demonstrations
10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm Great Lakes Timber Show
10am-4pm Tree Discovery Packs, explore nature with a backpack filled with fun activities.
11am; noon; 2pm and 3pm

Guided Highlights Walking Tours

Self-led Native Trees Tour

Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Tour

10am-4pm Food and beverage concessions 


Interested in volunteering at this event? Contact Holden's volunteer office at 440.602.8003