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Florida Arbor Day? It’s in January, and here’s how to celebrate in Tampa Bay

Arbor Day is April 28, but the state is going green early.
Area cities celebrate Mother Earth on the unofficial Florida Arbor Day in January. [LARA CERRI, Times] -- 2011
Area cities celebrate Mother Earth on the unofficial Florida Arbor Day in January. [LARA CERRI, Times] -- 2011
Published Jan. 18

Arbor Day is celebrated nationally on April 28, but some cities in Florida have unofficially bumped it up to weekends in January. Here’s how Tampa Bay cities and organizations are celebrating.

City of Gulfport Arbor Day: Join the City of Gulfport and the children of the Gulfport Recreation Center in planting a tree. Free sweetbay magnolia and slash pine seedlings will be available to guests who attend, while supplies last. 3:45 p.m. Jan. 20. Trolley Market Square, Tangerine Avenue and 49th Street S, Gulfport.

Florida Arbor Day: There will be a tree-planting ceremony, courtesy of the Plant Your Roots Program and Keep Pinellas Beautiful. 9-11 a.m. Jan. 20. Crescent Lake Park, 1320 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-893-7441.

Pinellas County Florida Arbor Day: Join Pinellas County and Keep Pinellas Beautiful for a native tree planting in honor of Florida Arbor Day. Free. 9 a.m. Jan. 21. Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave., Seminole.

Trees: This interactive youth program explores the inside and outside of trees in celebration of Florida Arbor Day. 10-11 a.m. Jan. 20. Brooker Creek Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs.

Arbor Day Celebration Brooksville: The UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County office will conduct its annual Florida Arbor Day Tree Workshop and free tree giveaway. 8:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 21. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville.

Pinellas Trail Impact Day: Work to beautify a small stretch of the trail in preparation for a native pine tree planting in February. Free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 21. Pinellas Trail, from 31st Street S to 28th Street S, St. Petersburg.

Tree House Farm Day: Become one with nature as you mosey around the farm meeting cows, alpacas, goats, sheep, kangaroos, porcupines, cockatoos, tortoise, coatimundi, trumpeter hornbill, skunks and more. $15, 2 and younger free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 29. Tree House Farm, 5921 Portal Road, Trinity.