To get a tree, bring a non-perishable, non-expired food item, for people or pets, to trade for the tree.
Palm Coast's annual Arbor Day event on Saturday, Sept. 18, will feature a butterfly release, a free shredding service and advice from a master arborist.
Trees will be handed out too, but this year, receiving one will require a trade: To get a tree, bring a non-perishable, non-expired food item, for people or pets, for the city's food drive.
The Arbor Day event will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, at 975 Central Ave.
Admission is free, and vendors will be selling refreshments and products, according to a city of Palm Coast news release. The city has requested that attendees wear masks and social distance. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available.
The shredding truck will be on Park Street and can be used for staples, paper clips, spiral notebooks, expired credit cards, checkbooks, and folders with small prongs with small amounts of metal/plastic, according to the news release. The shredded material will be recycled.
A tree tent will be open from 9 a.m. to noon, with a Master Certified Arborist offering advice on planting, pruning and root shaving, according to the news release.
The city will hold a native butterfly release at 11 a.m. in Central Park, behind City Hall.
There will also be a walk-thru butterfly tent, a petting zoo, and goodie bags for kids.
"Arbor Day in Palm Coast is such an amazing event year after year, and that is thanks to all of the incredible benefits it provides to our residents and the environment,” city of Palm Coast Urban Forester Carol Mini said, according to the news release. "This event is about so much more than trees. It is about bringing together Palm Coast families and friends to support their neighbors in need. Hence the Arbor Day slogan, 'Plant a tree, feed a mouth, grow a community!’ We hope to see everyone there!”