Trees are in the limelight at Planting Fields

In celebration of National Arbor Day, a holiday that honors the importance of and encourages the planting of trees, Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay hosts its 31st annual Arbor Day Family Festival, April 29-30.

The arboretum has a slew of fun-filled activities and entertainment planned, from tree plantings with Smokey Bear and tree climbing to children’s crafts and face-painting. Stilt-walkers will be making their rounds throughout the fest; you’re not going to miss them, as they’ll be towering over you. And, live music performances with Strummin’ & Drummin’, Peat Moss & The Fertilizers and The Hoodoo Loungers will be featured on Saturday and Sunday.

New this year is Johnny Peers & the Muttville Comix, a slapstick comedy act featuring adorable pups and a Ringling Bros. Clown College graduate.

Step indoors to check out the exhibits: The Long Island Bonsai Society Exhibition in the South Lounge and the new “Sporting Life on Long Island: The Great Estates Era at Coe Hall.” Or, take a free, self-guided tour of Coe Hall.

The love of trees can live on in your own home, as well, since the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is giving out tree seedlings so you can plant a tree of your own.

So, go enjoy and be inspired to help make the world a greener place!

Arbor Day Family Festival
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (rain or shine)
Planting Fields Arboretum
1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
Contact: Jennifer Lavella at 516-922-8678 or