Discover Arbor Day, plant a tree this Sunday at free program at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

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SPANISH LAKE, Mo.—Did you know Missouri’s State Arbor Day is next Friday, April 7 and National Arbor Day is April 28?  The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is celebrating with a special Arbor Day program this Sunday, April 2 from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  The program is free and open to all ages.

When did the tradition behind Arbor Day begin?  How did it catch on to become a nation-wide celebration?  Why is it so important?  Participants will discover the answers to these questions as MDC naturalists turn back the pages of time to investigate the roots of this special day.

Participants will also learn how to plant and care for a tree, then help MDC staff plant a seedling at Columbia Bottom. Participants can continue the celebration by taking home a free seedling to plant in their own backyard. 

To register, call Columbia Bottom at 314-877-6014. Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is located in Spanish Lake at 801 Strodtman Road.  It can be reached by taking the Riverview Drive Exit north from I-270 approximately three miles.

The Arbor Day program at Columbia Bottom is one of many offered by MDC throughout the St. Louis area to help people discover nature.  To keep informed of all activities, subscribe to the free monthly Conservation Connections Newsletter by visiting, or sign up for email news updates at