The City of Palm Coast will be holding its 16th Annual Arbor Day event on September 18th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave. Admission is free! Refreshments and products from vendors will be available for purchase.

The tree tent opens at 9 a.m. A Master Certified Arborist will be in the tree tent from 9 a.m.-noon, offering free guidance on proper pruning, placement, planting, and root shaving techniques. To get a free tree, bring a non-perishable, non-expired human or pet food item to trade for the tree while quantities last! City of Palm Coast employees and volunteers will be available to assist with loading the trees into your vehicle.

The native butterfly release will be at 11 a.m. Other fun activities are planned for all ages, including a butterfly tent, a petting zoo, free arts and crafts, and goodie bags for the kids.

While at the event, residents will also be able to take advantage of free paper shredding services. City of Palm Coast employees will be on standby to assist attendees wishing to use this service by wheeling totes to attendees’ cars to help unload paper and bring it to a chute that dumps all of it into a shredder.

For the free shredding service, acceptable items include staples, paper clips, spirals, notebooks, expired credit cards, checkbooks, and folders with small prongs with small amounts of metal/plastic. Unacceptable items include batteries, three-ring binders, binder clips, hard drives, X-rays, and large amounts of metal/plastic. Shredded materials will be recycled, with the ink and color removed to produce new paper towels, tissues, etc.

“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,” said City of Palm Coast Urban Forester Carol Mini. “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!”


  • 9:00 to 10:30 DJ Vern
  • 10:30 to 10:50 VertiFit Aeriel Arts performance
  • 11:00 Native Butterfly Release located in the rear of Central Park next to City Hall
  • 11:15 to 2:00 DJ Vern

Due to the recent rise in positive COVID-19 cases, face masks and social distancing is recommended to attendees per CDC guidelines. Face masks and hand sanitizer will be available.

For more information contact Palm Coast Urban Forester Carol Mini at 386-986-3722 or

City of Palm Coast: Shannon P. Martin, Public Information Supervisor



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